Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is taught as part of the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (P.S.H.E) curriculum. From September 2020 this aspect of the curriculum will become compulsory and will be taught across all year groups.
Relationships and Sex Education plays a vital role in children’s lifelong learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. It aims to give pupils essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful and non-exploitive relationships and to stay safe on and offline. It enables exploration of attitudes and values, helps build self-esteem and confidence to view their sexuality positively.
Relationship and Sex Education is not just learning about growing up, changes and reproduction. It is also about enabling children to make and maintain relationships with others, to understand about human sexuality and to feel good about themselves and the choices they make. This involves helping children to gain knowledge, develop skills and form positive beliefs and attitudes.