Intent - What does RSE look like at Sandcross?
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.
Our RSE curriculum is designed to challenge, develop and nurture the “Whole Child‟ with a mission of “Inspiring Lifelong Success‟.
Implementation - So, how are we going to deliver this?
Our RSE teaching and learning is set within our Coram Life Education curriculum, however we also ensure that it remains consistent within our school’s values of kindness, responsibility, resilience and respect.
Pupils will be given the opportunity to explore their own attitudes, values and beliefs and to develop an individual moral code that will guide their actions. This is exercised within an understanding that people can have their own views whilst being respectful of others.
We will educate our children to live in the real world with all its diversity. We will not let our adult knowledge and bias prevent us seeing things from a child’s perspective. Our focus will be on building healthy attitudes and positive relationships in an environment where difference is celebrated and everyone is included and valued for who they are.
Our curriculum choice will ensure that RSE is relevant to our pupils and setting. As consistent with equal opportunities procedures, where appropriate, teaching materials, and individual group activities will reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our society. Stereotyping in terms of race and gender will be avoided, and pupil’s religious beliefs and cultural differences respected.
The teaching of Relationships and Sex Education will be delivered at an age appropriate level. When children have a delayed cognitive development, which could hinder the understanding appropriate to their age, family and SENDCo will meet and agree a plan to ensure safety for the pupil.
As with our wider curriculum all pupils will be given support for learning, emotional, behavioural and physical disabilities in order to fully access the content of the lessons.
The curriculum will be delivered in consultation with parents, pupils, governors and staff, taking into account the age, needs and feelings of pupils. If pupils ask questions outside the scope of our PSHE & RSE policy, teachers will respond in an appropriate manner so they are fully informed and don’t seek answers online.
We will be mindful that some children have a different structures of support around them, for example, they may be a looked after child, have a single parent or have parents of the same sex.
We will be sensitive to the circumstances of all children and are mindful of the expressions of family life in our culture.
We will address any issues regarding human sexuality sensitively.
Impact - What difference is this curriculum making to our children?
We recognise that Relationships and Sex Education is a highly sensitive subject but we firmly believe that effective RSE can make a significant contribution to the development of the personal skills needed by pupils if they are to establish and maintain relationships.
It also enables children and young people to make responsible and informed decisions about their health and well-being. Whilst we use relationships and sex education to inform children about sexual issues, we do this with regard to matters of morality and individual responsibility, and in a way that allows children to ask and explore moral questions.
The Coram Life curriculum ensures that the RSE programme has opportunities for both boys, girls and those identifying as transgender to make progress in this area of learning and allows them to access lessons equally and respectfully.