Under the Children and Social Work Act 2017, the government committed to making relationships education (primary) and relationships and sex education (secondary) statutory in all schools, including LA maintained schools, academies, free schools and independent schools. All schools will soon be required to have relationships education/RSE in place and a relationships and sex education policy.
At Bure Valley School our RSE curriculum objectives are:
- To deepen their understanding of good and not so good feelings, to extend their vocabulary to enable them to explain both the range and intensity of their feelings to others.
- To recognise what constitutes a positive, healthy relationship. To develop the skills to develop and maintain positive and healthy relationship.
- To realise the nature and consequences of discrimination, teasing, bullying and aggressive behaviours (including use of prejudice-based language including LGBT)
- To refresh knowledge of names for the external genitalia (including clitoris). How their bodies will change as they approach and move through puberty.
- To know that bacteria and viruses can affect their health and that following simple routines can reduce their spread.
- To know that differences and similarities between people arise from a number of factors, including sex and sexual orientation.
- To be able judge what kind of physical contact is acceptable or unacceptable and how to respond.
- To know strategies for keeping physically and emotionally safe online, including social media, the responsible use of ICT and mobile phones.
- To know the importance of protecting personal information, including passwords, addresses and images.
- To understand the concept of ‘keeping something confidential or secret’, when we should or should not agree to see this and when it is right to ‘break a confidence’ or ‘share a secret’.
- To recognise that their increasing independence brings increased responsibility to keep themselves and others safe. To recognise when and how to ask for help using basic techniques.
- To know about people who are responsible for helping them stay healthy and safe, and ways that they can help these people.
- To know about human reproduction including conception (and that this can be prevented).
- To recognise how images in the media do not always reflect reality, and can affect how people feel about themselves.