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Relationships and Sex Education

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education


Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.


The current guidelines being updated and a consultation is underway, closing on 7th November 2018.  If you would like to be involved, please visit


  • The responses to this consultation will help the Department of Education finalise the draft regulations and statutory guidance before the regulations are put before Parliament and the guidance finally published.
  • Currently at Coppice the aim of Relationships and Sex Education is to provide children with age appropriate information, explore attitudes and values and develop skills in order to empower them to make positive decisions about their health related behaviour.  It is taught from Reception to Year 6 as follows:


Reception (EYFS)

Children learn about the concept of male and female and about young animals.  In ongoing Personal, Social & Emotional Development (PSED) work, they develop their skills in managing feelings and behaviour, self-awareness and self-confidence and managing relationships.


Key Stage 1

Through work in science children learn about life cycles of some animals, understand the idea of growing from young to old and learn that all living things reproduce.  They learn about the importance of personal hygiene to maintain good health.  In RE children reflect on family relationships, different family groups and friendship.  They learn about rituals and traditions associated with birth, marriage and death and talk about the emotions involved.

They begin to co-operate with others in work and play and begin to recognise the range of human emotions and ways to deal with them.  They also learn about personal safety.


Key Stage 2

They will develop skills needed to form relationships and to respect other people’s emotions and feelings.  They will consider how to make simple choices and exercise some basic techniques for resisting pressures.  In RE and Citizenship, they continue to develop an understanding of relationships within a family, between friends and the community and that there are different patterns of friendship.


In upper KS2, children are taught about the physical, emotional and social changes at puberty, which include personal hygiene.  In science children build on their knowledge of life cycles and learn about the basic biology of human reproduction including the birth of a baby. They also recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents.  Sex and relationship education should focus on the development of skills and attitudes not just the acquisition of knowledge.


This content has been agreed in consultation with governors, parents and teaching staff and will be reviewed when new guidance is published later this year/next year.