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RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)

RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)

From September 2020, Relationships Education teaching is a mandatory requirement for all primary schools. The purpose of Relationships Education is to equip children with the understanding, knowledge and skills they will need in their everyday lives. These are important life skills about communicating and interacting with others. Teaching about relationships enables children to safely negotiate making new friendships, recognise potential threats to their wellbeing and develop meaningful relationships with others throughout their lives.


Key Stage 1 – Children are taught about:

Special/Important people in their lives

Similarities and differences

Different families

Friendship and fairness

Cooperation and teamwork skills

Feelings and emotions

Communicating effectively with others

Consent and bullying behaviours


Key Stage 2 – Children extend their learning on the themes covered in Key Stage 1 and build on their knowledge about:

Different types of families and loving relationships

Who their support network consists of

Healthy and unhealthy relationships

Dares, risks and peer pressure

Personal boundaries and secrets

Techniques for resolving disputes

Collaboration, compromise and sharing responsibilities

Consequences of our actions

As from September 2020, 'Relationships Education' is statutory for all primary children, in all primary schools, this means that parents and carers cannot withdraw their child from these lessons. However, they will be able to request that their child is withdrawn from lessons about 'Sex Education' taught as part of  'Relationships Education' which are not statutory objectives covered in the Science National Curriculum. 

This will only apply to years 2, 4 and 6 as these are the only year groups learning about 'Relationships Education'. In their medium term plans, the option to withdraw from a lesson, is highlighted in yellow. Parents will receive a letter from their class teacher outlining content of these lessons for your information. If you do wish to withdraw your child, please inform the class teacher or Mr Skelcher. Other work will be provided for these children, outside of the classroom.