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Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

At Sonning Church of England Primary School we are committed to our pupils’ academic, cultural, emotional and moral development and to preparing them for the responsibilities and experiences of adult life. We believe that an important part of this development and preparation, therefore, is the provision of age-appropriate Relationship and Sex Educational (RSE) for all our children. Our RSE involves learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, about relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. Some aspects of RSE are taught in Science and other aspects are taught as part of Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic education (hereafter ‘PSHCE’). 

A comprehensive programme of RSE provides accurate information about the body, reproduction, sex and sexual health. It also gives our children the essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful and non-exploitative relationships and for staying safe both on and offline. We believe that RSE makes an essential contribution to every child’s self-esteem and emotional wellbeing. It helps child to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on respect for themselves and for others, at home, at school, and in the community in preparation for adult life in society.

The children in our school come from diverse backgrounds, expressing a range of beliefs and values. The stage of development and the experiences of any group of young people of the same age will therefore be diverse and varied. This has clear implications for the curriculum content, for our teaching approaches, and for the creation of appropriate learning environments based on the need to develop in young people respect for each other’s differences.

The aim of the below information is to communicate to staff, governors, parents/guardians, visitors and children both the rationale behind RSE and the manner in which RSE will be delivered and supported in our in accordance with the government’s guidance on RSE.