At All Saints, we aim to give children information about Sex and Relationships but we do this with an awareness of the Christian Values that underpin all our work in school.
It is a statutory requirement as a maintained primary school, that we provide relationships education to all pupils as per section 34 of the Children and Social work act 2017. Although primary schools are not required to provide sex education they do need to teach the elements of sex education contained in the science curriculum. In teaching RSE, we must have regard to guidance issued by the secretary of state as outlined in section 403 of the Education Act 1996.
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.
In addition to the statutory curriculum, Governors have opted for Sex Education to be taught in Year 6 but in the context of marriage, loving relationships and family life. However, we recognise that in the 21st century, our school community’s views about the ‘ideal’ family, including sexual relationships may vary a great deal. In the summer term children have three sessions led by their class teachers that cover: puberty changes, reproduction, relationships and communication. Parents are given the opportunity to view the materials used beforehand and have the right to withdraw their children from one or all of these sessions, see Appendix 3 in our policy.