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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

3 elements to RSE

Relationships and Sex Education programme at Oasis Academy Watermead incorporates the statutory guidance of both the Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019) and the Equality Act 2010.

A good RSE Programme will:

  • Develop children's confidence
  • Give children some experience of decision making.
  • Encourage children to share their ideas and to develop knowledge of self.
  • Encourage children to evaluate their own work / lifestyles and those of others.
  • Explore children’s attitudes / emotions.
  • Develop children’s ability to cope with success and failure.
  • Develop open – mindedness in children.
  • Encourage children to make informed choices.
  • Encourage children to learn by active learning.
  • Enable children to have respect for themselves
  • Encourage children to have respect for others and have knowledge of them in terms of gender / race / sexuality / culture.
  • Enable children to understand self-control.
  • Develop children’s listening skills.
  • Encourage children to learn in groups.
  • Develop skills enabling children to participate in community and social groups.
  • Build on children’s enthusiasm to participate.
  • Stimulate children to ask questions.
  • Encourage children to gain knowledge.
  • Encourage children to challenge stereotypes and prejudice.

Primary School RSE Summary of Expectations

  • RSE should form part of the PSHE curriculum, as this will ensure that pupils:
    • Receive their RSE in the wider context of relationships
    • Are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life
  • Schools have a RSE programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of children
  • All children should learn about the emotional and physical changes of puberty before onset
  • RSE must take moral, sexuality  & cultural considerations and the value of family life into account
  • Must ensure that RSE is done within a clear values framework
  • Must prepare pupils for the roles, responsibilities and experiences of adult life
  • Must ensure all aspects of RSE in the Science National Curriculum is taught.

Parents/carers Right to withdraw their children

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the sex and relationship education provided at school except for Relationships and Health education (which includes puberty learning outcomes) from September 2020. 

rents wanting to exercise this right are invited to see the Headteacher or PSHE teacher who will explore their concerns. If a child is withdrawn they will be provided with alternative work for the duration of the lessons.

Parents have the right to view the material before their child is shown and we have a meeting with parents/carers before anything is taught. We request that the parents/carers write to the Principal and agree to meet him to discuss this further. We will make arrangements to accommodate parental wishes on the understanding that we cannot govern conversations between children during social times.

Relationships Education for Parents 

Understanding RSE: a guide for parents