Relationships and Sex Education
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
At Barlows Primary School, we view the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) as an important component of providing our pupils with an effective education on how to safeguard themselves.
We employ a graduated approach to the teaching and learning of RSE, starting in Reception and progressing through to Year 6. Teachers use the Christopher Winter Project scheme of work, which delivers age-appropriate content to develop pupils’ understanding in all aspects of RSE.
An overview of the different aspects covered in each year group can be found on the Christopher Winter Project website by visiting:
Consultation with Parents and Carers
The Headteacher, Mr. David Robinson, consulted with parents and carers on the Christopher Winter Project scheme of work during May 2019. Responses on viewing the scheme of work and exploring the learning materials was very positive.
Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their child from Sex Education lessons. If they wish to do so, they must arrange a meeting with the Headteacher to discuss this. Parents and carers are also welcome to make an appointment with the Headteacher to view the RSE curriculum and learning materials.
Parents and carers do not have the right to withdraw their child from Relationships Education, as the contents of these subjects – such as family, friendship, safety (including online safety) – are important for all children to be taught.
Staff Training in the Delivery of RSE
Teachers and Learning Support Assistants all received training in the delivery of RSE in June 2019.
Timing of RSE Lessons
RSE lessons always take part during the Summer Term of the academic year. The rationale for this is that it allows pupils sufficient time to develop a strong relationship with their class teacher. As a result, pupils are more likely to feel comfortable in being taught the content and to ask any further questions they may have.
A letter is sent to parents and carers, notifying them the RSE is being delivered in the coming term.
Pupils with SEND or Additional Needs
For some pupils, accessing the age-related RSE curriculum content may not be appropriate. This may be because of specific SEND needs or experiences they have had earlier in life. In such circumstances, the SENDCo will speak directly with parents and carers to decide which year group’s content is appropriate for them to access.