At Drake Primary School, good relationships are fundamental to our ethos and our success in being a school where a world of opportunities awaits. Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is lifelong learning about relationships, emotions, looking after ourselves and sexual health. We aim for the children in our school to grow kindness, love, courage, trust, respect and friendship.
At the moment, RSE is taught as discrete lessons in addition to the teaching of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (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 which thread throughout EYFS through to Year 6. For example, in Reception, they have been learning about basic hygiene and our feelings while Year 5 and Year 6 have been looking at how we develop and what happens during puberty. Using IT and our computing skills, across the school we have created Google Slides to showcase our learning of Mental Health and promoting our wellbeing.
Children are taught by their class teacher to facilitate constructive and supportive discussions around sensitive topics, in a safe and secure environment. Staff have received high-quality CPD to support them, while LSAs will be receiving their training during the Summer term. This will aid 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.
At Drake, 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, respectful and create a safe environment for children to learn. In line with school policy, staff do not answer personal questions during lessons to safeguard both teacher and pupil.
The RSE curriculum has been mapped out 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 of RSE 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. The talking partner approach allows children to work with others, just like in the wider world and develop resolution skills but also respect and an understanding of other’s views.
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 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 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 before 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 monitor the teaching and learning of RSE and conduct pupil voice and teacher's voice at various points during the year to gauge progress and development of the subject.
For formative assessment, we will be using Plickers for on the spot, mid-lesson learning stops to gauge the understanding of pupils to adapt the teaching and learning. In addition to using Plickers, RSE will also be assessed using the Boxall Profile tool which identifies areas of well-being and is used to adapt the learning to the individual child or cohort. Teachers will also use the visualiser or mid-lesson learning stops to showcase good understanding or common misconceptions in children’s work for talking partners to discuss.
Additionally, RSE is within the scope for Ofsted inspection where they will take consideration of pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare, and also their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Our specialist sports coach develops the skills learnt during RSE lessons through additional sports-based wellbeing groups. This help enhances the learning of body confidence and identity and encourages children to realise how special and important they are. As a result, there has been increased confidence in all children, either with their mental health or their own body identity.
Through our RSE curriculum, we can enhance children’s education and help them become confident individuals who have positive body awareness and 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.