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Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)

Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) at Stanstead Flying High Academy

At Stanstead, we know the experiences a child has during the formative years of their life has a significant impact on the kind of person they will develop into in the future. Such a lot of this important time is spent in school, and it is essential that we work in partnership with parents so that we can make a positive difference and create a strong foundation that can be built upon as children continue to grow, develop and flourish.

The aim for our RSE curriculum is to help our children to build healthy friendships and positive relationships in an age appropriate way. An important part of RSE at Stanstead is the ability to discuss and debate issues with clarity, and listen to people’s points of view, whilst understanding that you do not have to agree with them but recognise their point of view.

The overall objectives of the RSE curriculum are concerned about raising awareness of attitudes and values, developing personal and social skills and promoting knowledge and understanding. RSE will look at aspects of diversity in an inclusive and non-judgemental way. At Stanstead, we whole-heartedly support the philosophy of RSE and believe it is most effective when taught as part of PSHE.

The statutory Government guidance that we must follow can be found at:

Relationship Education

Relationships Education will put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online.

Your child will be taught what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who can support them. In an age-appropriate way, your child’s school will cover how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect.

By the end of primary school, pupils will have been taught content about:

  • Families and People who Care for me
  • Caring Friendships
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Online Relationships
  • Being Safe

Health Education

Health Education aims to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise.

By the end of primary school, pupils will have been taught content on:

  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Internet Safety
  • Physical Health and Fitness
  • Healthy Eating and Lifestyles
  • Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco - Facts and Risks
  • Health and Prevention
  • Changing Adolescent Body

What are your Parental Rights?

The important lessons you teach your child about healthy relationships, looking after themselves and staying safe, are respected and valued at Stanstead. Teaching at school will complement and reinforce the lessons you teach your child as they grow up.

The Right to Withdraw

You cannot withdraw your child from Relationships Education, as it is a statutory requirement, this ensures that all children receive lessons covering topics such as friendships and how to stay safe.

If you do not want your child to take part in some or all of the lessons on Sex Education, you can ask that they are withdrawn. At primary level, the Headteacher must grant this request.

The science curriculum in all maintained schools also includes content on human development, including reproduction, which there is no right to withdraw from. If you want to know more about what will be taught as part of the RSE, the best thing to do is, read our RSE policy, speak to Miss Carter (AHT) and read the documents from Gov.UK:

Stanstead Flying High Academy Relationships and Sex Education

At Stanstead we teach RSE (and PHSE) through Jigsaw, it provides accurate information about the body, reproduction, sex and sexual health. It also gives children and young people essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful and non-exploitative relationships, focusing on staying safe both on and offline.

If you would like to review the resources to be used in a particular year group in more detail, please contact us and we can arrange to discuss these with you.