RSE and Health education
The focus in primary school should be on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults.
This starts with pupils being taught about what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who the people are who can support them. From the beginning of primary school, building on early education, pupils should be taught how to take turns, how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect, the importance of honesty and truthfulness, permission seeking and giving, and the concept of personal privacy.’ Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education
By the end of Primary education children will learn about:
- Families and people who care for me
- Caring friendships
- Respectful relationships
- Online relationships
- Being safe
At Brambles Primary Academy, sex and relationships education is taught via PSHCE and also through the Science National Curriculum.
We understand the importance of educating pupils about sex, relationships and their health, for them to make responsible and well-informed decisions in their lives.
The teaching of RSE and health education can help to prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. It allows us to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and in the wider society.
We are clear that parents and carers are the prime educators for children on many of these matters and the school’s role is to provide our pupils with high-quality and age-appropriate teaching to support their personal development and pastoral needs.
The RSE and Health education policy outlines how the school’s RSE and health education curriculum will be organised and delivered as well as what will be taught to the various year groups. You can access a copy of this policy via the link below.
Mrs Charlotte Bowker - Reception Class Teacher
Defining Relationship and Sex Education
The DFE guidance defines RSE as “lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of marriage and family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care.
Working with parents
- We believe in effective communication between home and school. If parents have concerns regarding RSE and health education, they may submit these via email, or contact the school office to arrange a meeting with the Principal.
Right to withdraw
- Parents have the right to request that their child is withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory RSE.
- Parents do not have a right to withdraw their child from the relationships or health elements of the programmes.
- Requests to withdraw a child from sex education will need to be made in writing to the Principal.