Relationship & Sex Education (RSE)
As a part of your child’s educational experience at Brettenham Primary School, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives children and young people the knowledge, under-standing, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future
As you may already be aware, the Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation. These changes came into effect from September 2020 and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found at:
This means that we have been reviewing our RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:
- Physical and emotional maturity
- Religious and cultural backgrounds
- Special educational needs and disabilities
As part of this process, the school consulted with parents, staff and governors that helped to inform our schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is covered.
The Consultation Questions were as follows:
1. Would you like support at home, on how to speak to your child about relationship and sex?
2. Are there any changes or additions that you think should be made to the RSE Policy that the Children First Academy Trust has created? (policy is on school website)
3.Thinking about relationships and sex education, what do you believe is the most important subject area that should be taught for different age groups/key stages and why?
4. Thinking about relationships and sex education, is there an area that you think should not be taught for different age groups/key stages and why?
5.Is there anything we’re not covering that you think we need to address, specific to our school context?
This consultation enabled us to reach a general consensus and we made adjustments to our policy and curriculum based on this feedback.
The right to withdraw children from some lessons is explained in the FAQs which is on our website (see below).
To help you understand the curriculum requirements, please look at the information below which provides