Relationships Education

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)


The Relationships Education, RSE, and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019 have made Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools from September 2020.  The focus in primary school should be on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults.  Sex education is not compulsory in primary schools.

In our school we approach RSE in a faith-sensitive and inclusive way as outlined in our Charter and Policy below.

RSE Policy

RSE Charter

Resources and Links:

DfE Statutory Guidance - This document contains information on what schools should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply when teaching Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education.

Parent Briefing - Primary Schools

Goodness & Mercy is a selection of RSHE resources written primarily for Church of England schools. We use these resources to aid the delivery of our curriculum as they are in accordance with our vision.

NYCC PSHE Curriculum – this is the curriculum that our school follows to ensure that we are meeting all the statutory requirements for our RSE, Health Education and Personal Social and Health Education.

Resources for Sex Education and Puberty

In our schools we have chosen to use the Busy Bodies Resources.  In line with our policy, we cover all the sections and films units in school including the unit on birth and conception. 

Busy Bodies Booklet  - this is shared with the children at the time of teaching (Y5/6).

Parental Right of Withdrawal

Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory RSE.

You are invited to discuss this with the headteacher prior to making your request. During this discussion your attention will be drawn to the benefits of receiving this important education and any detrimental effects that withdrawal might have on the child.

Headteachers will automatically grant a request to withdraw a pupil from any sex education delivered in primary schools, other than as part of the science curriculum.

Please note:  There is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education or Health Education.


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