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Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE):

As part of your child’s education experience at West Row Academy, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education. This will give our pupils the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future. It will help them take responsibility for their own wellbeing.

The Department for Education has made changes to relationship and sex education following nationwide consultation which came into effect from September 2020. All schools are required to comply with this updated guidance. Due to COVID19, schools were able to delay this until the summer term of 2021. The statutory guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education

This guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships.

Relationships, along with Health Education, is a statutory aspect of the National Curriculum. At West Row Academy, we have reviewed the RSE curriculum and policy to ensure our RSE provision is appropriate for all pupils based on their:

  • Age;
  • Physical and emotional maturity;
  • Religious and cultural backgrounds;
  • Special educational needs and disabilities. 
Parent Consultation

In order to reflect our community, we have consulted with parents, staff and governors to inform the schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is delivered.

The consultation questions were as follows:

1. Would you like support at home, on how to speak to your child about relationships and sex?

2. Are there any changes or additions that you think should be made to the RSE policy?

3. Are there any changes or additions that you think should be made to the RSE Curriculum Overview?

4. Thinking about relationships and sex education, what do you think is the most important subject area that should be taught for different age groups / key stages and why?

5. 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?

 

The consultation enabled us to reach a consensus, and adjustments to the policy and curriculum were based on this feedback.

To help you understand our RSE curriculum and our provision please use the documents below.  If you have any further questions, please contact your child's class teacher in the first instance. 

West Row Academy’s policy for RSE 

Relationships and Sex Education Policy 2020-2022

Eastern Multi Academy Trust’s policy for RSE

EMAT Sex and Relationship Education Policy

The Department for Education's guidance for RSE. This gives an outline of what children should know by the end of primary school. 

Relationship Education, Relationships and Sex Education, RSE and Health Education

The Department for Education help guide for parents around RSE

RSE Primary School Guide for Parents

West Row's consultation letter to parents

RSE Consultation Letter for Parents

Summary of findings from consultation

Linked curriculum documents  

PSHE curriculum overview / progression document

West Row Academy PSHE curriculum

RSE curriculum overview / progression document

West Row Academy RSE Overview

Request form to withdraw a child from Sex Education within RSE

Parent Form To Withdraw From Sex Education within RSE

An information ppt about RSE at West Row Academy

RSE Consultation - Information Powerpoint