Personal, Social and Health Education
Relationships and Sex Education
At Oldswinford CE Primary, children are taught PSHE regularly covering a broad and balanced curriculum.
RSE is taught within many subject areas in Oldswinford, as well as in discrete lessons when necessary. Biological aspects of RSE are taught within the science curriculum, and other aspects are included in religious education (RE).
Relationships education focuses on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships including:
Families and people who care for me
Each class will have regularly timetabled PSHE lessons which teach RSE using the whole school scheme of work, alongside quality resources vetted by the PSHE Association and which could include SCARF, The Football Association and NSPCC. Some year groups may timetable the lessons at the same time each week. There is no recommended lesson length, but it is expected that weekly PSHE lessons would not exceed 60 minutes. Occasionally, they may wish to block and teach 2-3 lessons in one afternoon. Some topics will be able to be completed through discussion only. On other occasions, their literacy skills could be utilised when written work is preferable. Often health education, for example, could form a useful addition to science books. Our RSE lessons will be taught by members of staff known to the children. On occasion they may be enhanced by carefully selected visiting members of the community, eg Fire Service, Police, School nurse or visiting theatre groups. On these occasions, members of staff will still be present.
These areas of learning are taught within the context of family life, taking care to ensure that there is no stigmatisation of children based on their home circumstances (families can include single parent families, LGBT parents, families headed by grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents/carers amongst other structures) along with reflecting sensitively that some children may have a different structure of support around them (for example: looked after children or young carers). The topics will be based around discussions of facts and British law.
The RSE curriculum should meet the needs of our young people and thus, if a topic materialises that might need extra input (for example if a group need extra sessions on being respectful or safety due to the prevalence of a new app) then the curriculum will be adapted.
All staff are fully trained in safeguarding and are aware of the ‘Safe Space classroom’. Care will be given to SEN and LAC children who may require pre-work, adapted lessons or the signposting of sources of further advice at the end of the lesson.
Our RSE policy plays an important part in the whole school ethos and even when questions are raised out of the RSE lesson (for example at playtime); responses will still be in line with this RSE policy.
Our aims are:
These subjects represent a huge opportunity to help our children and young people develop. The knowledge and attributes gained will support their own, and others’, wellbeing and attainment and help young people to become successful and happy adults who make a meaningful contribution to society.