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Relationships and Health Education

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

From September 2020, it is a statutory requirement that all schools in England and Wales are teaching Relationship and Sex Education as a fundamental part of the curriculum. It is important that all children receive this content, covering topics such as friendships and how to stay safe. The Relationships Element to RSE is statutory, however, parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from Sex Education content. 

The delivery of Relationships and Sex Education is nothing new to Lady Bankes and it is a subject that we strive to continuously develop further. We teach a broad curriculum within PSHE that references many areas such as drugs, relationships, tolerance and online safety. This continues in the new guidance, along with many new areas of learning.

At Lady Bankes Primary School, the content linked to Sex Education will be taught in the Summer 2 term, Details about content and learning objectives can be found below. We will communicate with parents before the start date to fully inform parents and carers before we deliver the scheme.

Our aim is for our pupils to grow up healthy, happy and safe. Relationships and Sex Education is designed to equip your child with knowledge and make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a successful adult life.

The world today for young people looks very different from the way it did 20 years ago when this curriculum was last updated – these changes bring the content into the 21st century, so that it is relevant for your child.

Relationships Education

Relationships Education will put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online. Your child will be taught what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who can support them. In an age-appropriate way, we will cover how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect.

By the end of primary school, your child will have been taught content on:

  • Families and people who care for me
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe

Health Education

Health education aims to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise.

By the end of primary school, your child will have been taught content on:

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Facts and risks associated with drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and prevention
  • Basic first aid
  • Changing adolescent body

Sex Education

We believe that pupils should be given the opportunity to access a curriculum which prepares them for the changes that adolescence brings. We are choosing to provide our pupils with a sensitive, age appropriate curriculum which includes the components of Sex Education. 

Our aims:

  • To prepare pupils for the changes that occur to their bodies, minds and emotions as a consequence of growth from childhood to adulthood.
  • To help support young people through spiritual, physical, emotional and moral development.
  • To work in partnership with parents, families and the wider community to promote positive relationships and provide effective support for young people. 

Please read the following documents that help to explain the curriculum in more detail.

RSE Primary School Guide for parents

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education - National Curriculum

We have updated our Relationship and Sex Education policy to reflect the new statutory guidance for Relationship Education. Please see below:

Relationships and Sex Education - Guide for Parents / Carers

Please see the documents below which outline what will be taught for each Year group from Nursery all the way through to Year 6. The documents will give you an overview of each lesson taught during the summer term between June 12th – 20th July 2023.

Relationships and Sex Education - Suggested reading list for parents / carers