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Relationships and Sex Education

What is RSE?
RSE is the new curriculum that the DfE have published that must be now implemented throughout primary and secondary schools. 

The document states: 
- In primary schools, we want the subjects to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy. 

The aim is to: 
- help children to develop the ability to be able to deal with the challenges that they will face as they move through the different stages of their lives.

1) Relationships Education - compulsory at Primary level
2) Relationships and Sex Education - compulsory at Secondary level and optional at Primary level (however we are opting into this part of the curriculum)
3) Health Education - compulsory at Primary level

The curriculum covers a wide range of objectives that range from recognising happiness in families, the difference between families, how to keep healthy, the impact of drugs and alcohol, and in Year 6 looking at mental illness and some elements of sex education. 

The areas covered by the end of Primary are:
- Families and People Who Care for me
- Caring Friendships
- Respectful Relationships
- Online Relationships
- Being Safe
- Mental Wellbeing
- Internet Safety and Harms
- Physical Health and Fitness
- Healthy Eating
- Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco
- Health and Prevention
- Basic First Aid
- Changing Adolescent Body (between 9-11 years old)

How will we teach RSE in school?

The majority of our RSE lessons will be included within our PATHS lessons.  Any objectives that can't be covered within PATHS will be taught alongside e.g. PE or Science.  If necessary, some RSE lessons will be taught as stand alone lessons.  ALL children will take part in Relationship lessons.  



At Broad Oak Primary School, good relationships are fundamental to our ethos and our success in being a happy, caring and safe school. Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is lifelong learning about relationships, emotions, looking after ourselves, different families, sex, sexuality and sexual health. We aim for the children in our school to acquire the appropriate knowledge, develop their skills and form positive beliefs, values and attitudes. RSE has a key part to play in the personal, social, moral and spiritual development of young people.



RSE is taught as a combination of either explicit lessons, or lessons through the PATHS, Science, PE and Computing curriculums and day-to-day life of the school. Children are taught by familiar adults who they have a good rapport with, in order to facilitate constructive and supportive discussions around sensitive topics in a safe and secure environment. Staff have received in-house training to support them in responding to the needs of the individual child and support children with any questions or concerns they may have. If staff feel uncomfortable or unsure when delivering the RSE curriculum or dealing with individual pupil needs, they know where to seek advice and support. The RSE curriculum has been mapped out clearly starting at EYFS and continuing through to Year 6, which ensures coverage of all of the statutory elements by the end of the primary phase; these are delivered at the appropriate stage for our children. Our high expectations of behaviour, interpersonal relationships, respect and tolerance of others reflect the British Values upheld in both our community and the wider world. Through our rigorous and progressive curriculum, children develop key skills and are prepared for the wider world beyond primary school, a world in which they can keep themselves safe and healthy and thrive with the support of the positive relationships they establish with those around them.



The impact of our curriculum offer will be that the standards of attainment across the school will meet those which are expected of children nationally. We continuously assess the implementation and impact of our RSE curriculum in order to achieve the highest outcomes possible across all year groups. We will ensure to provide the support that is necessary for all children to have a good understanding of the complexities of relationships and sexual matters and a secure knowledge and skills base to navigate their way through these, now and in the future. Through our RSE curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become confident individuals who have positive body awareness, an in-depth knowledge of how to keep themselves safe and healthy and who will, through respect, tolerance and understanding, establish and maintain positive relationships with a diverse range of family and friendship groups.


Sex Education 

Children will begin to be introduced to elements of Sex Education from Year 4 which will increase through Years 5 and Years 6. The RSE policy is available upon request from the school office.  Parents do have the option to withdraw children from Sex Education lessons if they wish.  


Please contact school if you have any questions regarding the new RSE curriculum.