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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 have been reviewing our RSE policy, so we can be sure our provision is appropriate for all our pupils. As part of our curriculum review we are gathering parental views on our draft policy for relationships and sex education (RSE).

Schools are legally required to teach the National Curriculum, what is taught -  and how, is ultimately a decision for the school. Although consultation does not provide a parental veto, we believe it is important to gather our parents’ and carers’ views about the content.

Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their child from some lessons on sex education, but cannot withdraw children from relationships education or any content that is covered in the primary science curriculum. More details on this can be found in the policy.

Below is our proposed curriculum and a link to parental survey.