What exactly is Sex and Relationship Education?
“It is lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality, and sexual health. It is not about the promotion of sexual activity – this would be inappropriate teaching.” (Department for Education and Employment, SRE Guidance, 2000)
Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. We teach RSE sensitively and inclusively, with respect to the backgrounds and beliefs of pupils and parents while always with the aim of providing pupils with the knowledge they need of the law. We ensure the subjects put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This sits alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy. All of this content is supported by the wider work of Danesfield in helping to foster pupil wellbeing and develop resilience and character that we know are fundamental to pupils being happy, successful and productive members of society.
This work is in the context of the whole PSHE curriculum and underpinned by the values system of Danesfield, that is, valuing loving, stable relationships and respect for each other. The emphasis is on changes that children will experience as they grow up: what those changes look and feel like, and why they happen. We aim, by the end of Year 6, to have helped children understand puberty and human reproduction
The curriculum is divided into three categories: Health Education, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. These are covered through the topics of:
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating Difference
- Changing Me
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
A Guide for Parents and Carers on Sex and Relationship Education
We have included an overview of the topics below for your reference.