Relationships and Health/Sex Education Policy (RHSE)

To be read in conjunction with the school policy on PSHE and Child Protection

Policy Details
Date created10/03/21
Date reviewed
Next review date10/03/22
Date approved22/03/21
This policy was approved by the LGB


In an increasingly complex world, our children will have many positive and exciting opportunities but will be faced with significant challenges and risks. Our task as education professionals is to teach them to be safe and healthy and to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. Our curriculum supports parents and carers to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online.

Relationship and Health Education is about the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils, and involves learning about relationships, healthy lifestyles, diversity, and personal identity. It involves a combination of sharing information and exploring issues and values. Sex Education is about the teaching of sex, sexuality, and sexual health. It is not about the promotion of sexual orientation or sexual activity – this would be inappropriate teaching – Sex and Relationship Guidance 2000.

Purpose and Aim

As a school, our first priority is the safety and wellbeing of the children in our care. The teaching of Relationships and Health Education is taught as part of the PSHE (Jigsaw) curriculum. We firmly believe it is in the best interests of the children as it helps ensure the children’s physical and emotional health, safety and wellbeing, encourages their personal development and prepares them for life in modern Britain.

At Co-op Academy Clarice Cliff, we endeavour to empower all our pupils with life skills that will enable them to become responsible and inspirational members of the local and world community. We feel it is important that children feel happy and secure so that they can work to the best of their ability and make good progress in all their subjects.

Statutory Requirements

Relationships and Health Education are both statutory. 

Although Sex Education in primary schools is NOT statutory, “the Department for Education recommends…that all primary schools should have a sex education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils” (DfE guidance page 23). Jigsaw PSHE concludes that Sex Education in primary schools consists of ‘human reproduction’. Teachers will deliver this subject in a stage and age-appropriate way taking into consideration the age, maturity, and religious beliefs/backgrounds of children. Parents have the choice to withdraw their children from Sex Education lessons and alternative work will be given to pupils who are withdrawn from these lessons.

Policy Development

This policy has been developed in consultation with staff, pupils, governors and parents. The consultation and policy development process involved the following steps:

  • Review | RHSE Lead and Head Teacher pulled together all relevant information including statutory guidance and Jigsaw PSHE scheme of work.
  • Staff consultation | all school staff were consulted about the RHSE Curriculum through a survey. Opportunities were given to make further comments/recommendations.
  • Parent/stakeholder consultation | parents were consulted about the RHSE Curriculum through a survey and were given the opportunity to make further comments. 
  • Ratification | the policy was shared with governors and ratified.

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