RSE Policy Consultation

As you may be aware, the Department for Education has introduced changes to how schools are expected to teach RSE (relationships and sex education). In order to meet these expectations we have written a draft RSE policy and we would welcome your thoughts and comments on this.

We would welcome your views on the policy by the end of the day on Monday 12th July. You can read the policy here:

RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) FAQs

How have you decided what to teach in the school’s RSE curriculum?

The objectives taught come from the statutory guidance (link). See below for a summary. Full details of these objectives are in our policy. The scheme of work and actual lessons are from the Christopher Winter Project and this is recommended by the PSHE Association. It is carefully designed to teach the objectives in a way that is engaging and appropriate for children of primary school age. 

What is taught under RSE?

There are statutory (i.e. compulsory) elements of the curriculum and there is also a non-statutory element (which parents can withdraw children from but we would hope parents would choose for their children to take part).

Full detail on these objectives is in the statutory guidance as well as our policy.

Statutory elements of the RSE curriculumNon-statutory elements
Families and people who care for me (e.g. understanding how important families are for children, that families can be very different and these differences should be respected)Caring friendships (e.g. how important friendships are, how to deal with the ups and downs of friendship and how to get help if needed)Respectful relationships (e.g. the importance of respecting others, the importance of self-respect, what bullying is and how to get help)Internet safety and harms and online relationships (e.g. how information and data is used online, why social media is age-restricted, that the internet can be both positive and negative, how to stay safe online)Being safe (e.g. healthy boundaries in terms of relationships and friendships and how to get help)Mental wellbeing (e.g. that mental wellbeing is a normal part of everyday life in the same way as physical health) Physical health and fitness (e.g. the importance of building regular exercise into daily and weekly routines)Healthy eating (e.g. what a healthy diet is and the health risks of a poor diet)Drugs, alcohol and tobacco (e.g. legal and illegal harmful substances and the associated risks)Health and prevention (e.g. hygiene, the importance of sleep and how to look after teeth, basic first aid.) Changing bodies (e.g. key facts about puberty, including menstruation) Sex education – human reproduction (This is taught in Year Six. Parents have the right to withdraw children from this part of the curriculum. This is now called the ‘right to be excused’.) 

How often is RSE taught?

There are at least three lessons per year in each year group from Reception to Year Six. But much of the curriculum is reinforced throughout the year, e.g. through Circle Time lessons, assemblies, etc. Teaching children about strong friendships, keeping safe and being healthy happens throughout the school year.

Can I see the teaching materials you use?

Yes. We cannot put these materials online for copyright reasons but if you email admin@ashmead.lewisham.sch.uk with this request we can arrange for you to see them at school. We will offer Y6 parents the opportunity to view the materials for teaching non-statutory education every year.

If you have any comments or questions please email them to admin@ashmead.lewisham.sch.uk by Monday 12th July. 

The full statutory guidance for RSE is here: