At Drake Primary School, good relationships are fundamental to our ethos and our success in being a happy, caring and safe school. Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is lifelong learning about relationships, emotions, looking after ourselves, different families, sex, sexuality and sexual health. We aim for the children in our school to acquire the appropriate knowledge, develop their skills and form positive beliefs, values and attitudes. RSE has a key part to play in the personal, social, moral and spiritual development of young people.
RSE is taught as discrete lessons in addition to the teaching of PSHE and science. RSE is also embedded in other areas of the wider curriculum and day-to-day life of the school. RSE is organised into 6 key areas: My Feelings, My Body, My Relationships, My Beliefs, My Rights and Responsibilities, and Asking For Help.
Children are taught by their class teacher in order to facilitate constructive and supportive discussions around sensitive topics, in a safe and secure environment. Staff have received school CPD to support them in responding to the needs of individual children and to support pupils with any questions or concerns they may have. If staff feel uncomfortable or unsure when delivering the RSE curriculum or dealing with individual pupil needs, they will seek support from another member of staff. We use a range of different approaches where high quality teaching is promoted and small group teaching with reflection opportunities are the norm. Teachers are caring, supportive, open and honest to create a safe environment for children to learn. Staff will not answer personal questions during lessons in order to safeguard both teacher and pupil.
The RSE curriculum has been mapped out clearly using the RSE Solution from Educator Solutions. It is set out in the curriculum overview for PSHE and RSE. This map ensures that all key areas previously mentioned are covered. The teaching resources are in the Owens PPA room and kept digitally on the School Drive.
At Drake Primary School we want to ensure our school values are at the heart of everything we do, we have high expectations of promoting positive behaviour and interpersonal relationships, and of demonstrating respect and tolerance of others. This reflects the British Values we wish to uphold in both our community and the wider world. Through our rigorous and progressive curriculum, children develop key skills and are prepared for the wider world beyond primary school. It is a world in which we can help them to keep themselves safe and healthy and to thrive, all with the support of the positive relationships they forge with those around them.
The impact of our curriculum offer will be that the standards of attainment across the school will meet or exceed those which are expected of our children nationally. We will continuously assess the implementation and impact of our RSE curriculum in order to achieve the highest outcomes possible across all year groups and ensure we provide the support that is necessary for all children to have a good understanding of the complexities of relationships and sexual matters and a secure knowledge and skills base to navigate their way through these, now and in the future.
Assessments will be undertaken at various stages of the teaching of RSE. Pupils will be offered opportunities to ask questions prior to a lesson so teachers can have a baseline of where their pupils are at. This enables teachers to modify and adapt their planning based on the preconceptions and development levels of their pupils. The RSE team will be monitoring the teaching and learning of RSE and will conduct pupil voice and teacher voice at point during the year to gage progress and development of the subject.
Additionally, RSE is within the scope for Ofsted inspection for example, through inspectors’ consideration of pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare; and pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Through our RSE curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become confident individuals who have positive body awareness, an in-depth knowledge of how to keep themselves safe and healthy. They will, through respect, tolerance and understanding, forge and maintain positive relationships with a diverse range of family and friendship groups.