Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

RSE is about the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils, and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity.

RSE involves a combination of sharing information, and exploring issues and values.

RSE is not about the promotion of sexual activity.

The aims of relationships and sex education (RSE) at our school are to:

  • Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place
  • Prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene
  • Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
  • Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships
  • Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies

The framework for relationships and sex education relates closely to the school’s vision and values, particularly in relation to the core values of:


We think about the feelings, wishes and rights of others

We behave in a correct way towards others and in different situations; We are trustworthy; We are reasonable; We are good and reliable friends and role models
We make good decisions
These are an inherent aspect of the RSE framework, giving children an opportunity to explore the values in meaningful, real-life contexts.
Statutory requirements
As a maintained primary school we must provide relationships education to all pupils as per section 34 of the Children and Social work act 2017.
However, we are not required to provide sex education but we do need to teach the elements of sex education contained in the science curriculum.
In teaching RSE, we must have regard to guidance issued by the secretary of state as outlined in section 403 of the Education Act 1996.
At Saltaire Primary School we teach RSE as set out in the following policy.
Delivery of RSE
RSE is taught within the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education curriculum. Some biological aspects of RSE are taught within the science curriculum, and other aspects are included in religious education (RE).
Pupils also receive stand-alone sex education sessions delivered by a trained health professional. In addition, health professionals deliver sessions to Year 5 and Year 6 children to further develop their knowledge and understanding of puberty.
We use the Coram SCARF resources to deliver the expectations of the Relationships Education curriculum. Dedicated time is built into the teaching timetable each week and is given a high priority​.
Mr Rob Whitehead