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South Lake Primary School

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

Relationship and Sex Education is about the emotional, social and cultural development of our pupils, and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity.

At South Lake Primary School, we teach RSE through our PSHE lessons (Personal, Social, Health Education) We use ‘The Jigsaw Programme’ which offers a comprehensive, carefully thought-through Scheme of Work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area.

The Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education. From September 2021 all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found at Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education guidance (

We reviewed our RSE policy, so we can be sure our provision is appropriate for all our pupils. As part of our curriculum review we gathered parental views on our policy for relationships and sex education (RSE). 

It is now statutory for all children to be taught about:

  • Main external parts of the body
  • Changes in the human body from birth to old age
  • Puberty (Including physical and emotional changes and menstrual wellbeing)
  • Reproduction in plants
  • Reproduction in animals


Parents and carers only have the right to withdraw their child from lessons relating directly to conception or the birth of a baby. More details on this can be found in the policy below.