RSE at Bracken Edge
Bracken Edge Primary School takes its responsibility to provide relevant, effective and responsible Relationship and Health Education to all of its pupils and Sex Education (Year 6 only) as part of the school’s personal, social, health, economic (PSHE) education curriculum very seriously. We want parents/carers and pupils to feel assured that RSE will be delivered at a level appropriate to both the age and development of pupils, and safe to voice opinions and concerns relating to the RSE provision.
Relationship and Health Education is learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. Children will learn about healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on families and friendships.
The DFE Guidance recommends that all primary schools should have an education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils. It should ensure that both boys and girls are prepared for the changes that adolescence brings and – drawing on knowledge of the human life cycle set out in the national curriculum for science - how a baby is conceived and born.
Inclusion, Diversity and Equality
At Bracken Edge Primary School our values of Belong, Enjoy, Persevere and Succeed are embedded within our RSE and PSHE curriculum and our school ethos. We instil our value of ‘belonging’ for all children and promote inclusivity, equality and acceptance for all through our whole school approach and within our RSE & PSHE lessons.
• We value the different backgrounds of all pupils in school and, in acknowledging and exploring different views and beliefs, seeks to promote respect and understanding. We encourage respect for all religions and cultures.
• We are sensitive to the needs of different groups and adapt our teaching accordingly.
• Classes may include pupils with different abilities and aptitudes, experiences, religious/cultural backgrounds, gender and sexual identities. To encourage pupils to participate in lessons, teachers will ensure content, approach and use of inclusive language reflects the diversity of the school community and helps each and every pupil to feel valued and included in the classroom.
We are required to teach Relationship and Health Education as part of our PSHE curriculum. Current regulations and guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) state that from September 2020, all schools must deliver Relationship and Health Education. High quality Relationship Education, Health Education and Sex Education (Year 6 only) help create a safe school community in which our pupils can grow, learn and develop positive, healthy behaviour for life.
All content within Years 1-5 is statutory Health and Relationship Education. Some aspects of the Year 6 Sex Education are non-statutory. These are highlighted on our curriculum overview. All other areas of the curriculum are statutory Relationship and Health Education.
You can find the DfE statutory guidance and our updated RSE policy below.