Relationships and Sex Education

Definition

 

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 activities

 

Aims

 

  • The aims of relationships and sex education (RSE) at our school are to:

  • Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place

  • Prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene

  • Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy

  • Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships

  • Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies

 

Relationship and sex education (RSE takes place in the context of the school ethos of ‘Live to Learn, Learn to Live’). Students are encouraged, in an environment that allows for healthy debate, to challenge stereotypes, accept difference and listen to differing views in a classroom setting that ensures all students feel safe and valued.

 

RSE is taught within the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education curriculum as part of Personal Development lessons. Biological aspects of RSE are taught within the science curriculum, and other aspects, such as relationships and family, are also included in the Key Stage 4 Religious Education curriculum..  Pupils also receive, in both KS3 and 4, a series of sex education sessions delivered by a trained health professional from Spectrum Community Health.

 

Parents’ right to withdraw

 

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the non-statutory/non-science components of sex education within RSE up to and until 3 terms before the child turns 16. After this point, if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than being withdrawn, the school will facilitate this. Requests for withdrawal should be put in writing using the form found in Appendix 3 of the policy and addressed to the headteacher.

A copy of withdrawal requests will be placed in the pupil’s educational record. The headteacher will discuss the request with parents and take appropriate action. Alternative work will be given to pupils who are withdrawn from sex education.

 

More information can be found in the policy: