Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
At Beckfoot, it is our priority to ensure that all students access a curriculum that inspires all learners to be confident communicators, knowledgeable and expert learners, committed community contributors and future-ready young people. Relationship and sex education (RSE) forms a key part of their curriculum experience and Personal Development education. Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy, both physically and mentally, including risk areas such as drugs and alcohol, as well as introducing knowledge about intimate relationships and sex. These subjects represent a huge opportunity to help our children and young people develop. The knowledge and attributes gained will support their own, and others’, wellbeing and attainment and help young people to become successful and happy adults who make meaningful contributions to society.
The aims of relationships and sex education (RSE) at our school are to:
- Enable pupils to learn about what makes healthy relationships, including with family, friends and online, how to recognise unhealthy behaviours in relationships and how to seek help if they feel unsafe.
- Support pupils to develop self-respect, confidence and empathy.
- 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.
- Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies.
Teaching will be age appropriate and will respect the diversity of families and faith in our community.
RSE is not about the promotion of sexual activity.
Delivery of RSE
RSE will be inclusive for all pupils, sensitive to all family and faith backgrounds and pupils’ own identities. It will be respectful of all protected characteristics under the equality Act 2010. Protected characteristics are age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity. The school environment reflects, values and celebrates the diversity of our community.
Across all key stages, pupils will be supported with developing the following skills:
- Communication skills
- Forming positive relationships including self-respect as well as respect and empathy for others
- Recognising and assessing potential risks
- Assertiveness and managing conflict and difficult emotions
Skills and knowledge will be taught in an age-appropriate way. Teaching methods are a combination of sharing information, facilitating discussions and exploring issues and values. Lessons will be delivered either by teaching staff within lessons or assemblies, by form tutors through a PHSCE programme or by expert outside agencies via drop down days or smaller group sessions.
The Department for Education has set out guidance on what children should learn by the end of secondary school (link).
Some themes will recur throughout key stages 3 and 4, others will be delivered in the most appropriate year only.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from lessons on sexual intimacy, sexualised behaviour and sexual health, as detailed in section 7.