Relationships and sex education policy
Mere’s Edge Federation
The aims of relationships and sex education (RSE) at our school are to:
2. Statutory requirements
As a maintained primary school we must provide relationships education to all pupils as per section 34 of the Children and Social work act 2017.
However, we are not required to provide sex education but we do need to teach the elements of sex education contained in the science curriculum.
At Mere’s Edge Federation we teach RSE as set out in this policy.
3. Policy development
This policy has been developed in consultation with staff, pupils and parents. The consultation and policy development process involved the following steps:
RSE is about the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils, and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity.
RSE involves a combination of sharing information, and exploring issues and values.
RSE is not about the promotion of sexual activity.
Our curriculum is set out as per Appendix 1 but we may need to adapt it as and when necessary.
We have developed the curriculum in consultation with parents, pupils and staff, taking into account the age, needs and feelings of pupils. If pupils ask questions outside the scope of this policy, teachers will respond in an appropriate manner so they are fully informed and don’t seek answers online.
Primary sex education will focus on:
For more information about our curriculum, see our curriculum map in Appendix 1.
6. Delivery of RSE
RSE is taught within the Relationships, social, health and economic (RSHE) education curriculum. Biological aspects of RSE are taught within the science curriculum, and other aspects are included in religious education (RE).
Pupils also receive stand-alone sex education sessions (year 6) delivered by a trained health professional.
Relationships education focuses on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships including:
For more information about our RSE curriculum, see Appendices 1 and 2.
These areas of learning are taught within the context of family life taking care to ensure that there is no stigmatisation of children based on their home circumstances (families can include single parent families, LGBT parents, families headed by grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents/carers amongst other structures) along with reflecting sensitively that some children may have a different structure of support around them (for example: looked after children or young carers).
7. Roles and responsibilities
7.1 The governing board
The governing board will approve the RSE policy, and hold the headteacher to account for its implementation.
7.2 The headteacher
The headteacher is responsible for ensuring that RSE is taught consistently across the school, and for managing requests to withdraw pupils from non-statutory science components of RSE (see section 8).
Staff are responsible for:
Staff do not have the right to opt out of teaching RSE. Staff who have concerns about teaching RSE are encouraged to discuss this with the headteacher.
Pupils are expected to engage fully in RSE and, when discussing issues related to RSE, treat others with respect and sensitivity.
8. Parents’ right to withdraw
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the non-statutory science components of sex education within RSE.
Requests for withdrawal should be put in writing using the form found in Appendix 3 of this policy and addressed to the headteacher.
Alternative work will be given to pupils who are withdrawn from sex education.
Staff are trained on the delivery of RSE as part of their induction and it is included in our continuing professional development calendar.
The headteacher will also invite visitors from outside the school, such as school nurses or sexual health professionals, to provide support and training to staff teaching RSE.
10. Monitoring arrangements
The delivery of RSE is monitored by Anna Careless-Jones through:
Pupils’ development in RSE is monitored by class teachers as part of our internal assessment systems.
We ensure that RSHE has a central place within our curriculum by having:
This policy will be reviewed by
At every review, the policy will be approved by
Relationships and sex education curriculum map
Autumn – whole school focus
Being safe and independent
Changing adolescent body
Changing adolescent body
Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
Pupils should know
Families and people who care about me
To be completed by parents
Name of child
Name of parent
Reason for withdrawing from sex education within relationships and sex education
Any other information you would like the school to consider
To be completed by the school
Agreed actions from discussion with parents