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Relationships and Sex Education

PSHE, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)


The Health Education and Relationships Education aspects of PSHE education became compulsory in all primary schools from September 2020. As part of implementing the RSE curriculum, schools must consult with the children, parents / carers, staff and governors to ensure there is a general consensus on our approaches to policy and the curriculum content. 


Fox Hill's consultation closed in February. During the process parents, carers, staff and governors, were asked to read through the information below and make comments on them.


As part of this, parents, staff and governors, will be asked to read through the information below and make comments on them. Please access the documents using the links or attached documents below and then complete our parent / carer survey.


The documents that you are asked to access as part of the consultation will be: 


It is important that all children receive this content, covering topics such as friendships and how to stay safe. The Relationships Element to RSE is statutory, however, parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from the Sex Education content. 


The delivery of Relationships and Sex Education is nothing new to the Fox Hill curriculum and it is a subject that we strive to continuously develop further. We teach a broad curriculum within PSHE that references many areas such as drugs, relationships, tolerance and online safety. This continues in the new guidance, along with many new areas of learning. Our aim is for our pupils to grow up healthy, happy and safe. Relationships and Sex Education is designed to equip your child with knowledge and make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a successful adult life.


The world today for young people looks very different from the way it did 20 years ago when this curriculum was last updated – these changes bring the content into the 21st century, so that it is relevant for your child.


We are flexible and deliver content which is completely age appropriate and sensitive to the needs and religious backgrounds of all pupils.


Relationships Education

Relationships Education will put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online. Your child will be taught what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who can support them. In an age-appropriate way, we will cover how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect.


By the end of primary school, your child will have been taught content on:

  • Families and people who care for me
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe


Health Education

Health education aims to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise.


By the end of primary school, your child will have been taught content on:

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Facts and risks associated with drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and prevention
  • Basic first aid
  • Changing adolescent body

Science and Sex Education


Under the National Curriculum,  the basics of Sex Education fall within the Science curriculum. The statutory content requires maintained schools to teach children about human development, including puberty, and reproduction. Please see the DfE Science Programme of Study below which includes specific content for each year group. 


In Key Stage 1, pupils will:

Be introduced to the process of reproduction and growth in animals. They should be introduced to the concepts of reproduction and growth, but not how reproduction occurs.


Key Stage 2, pupils will:

Be taught about different types of reproduction, including sexual and asexual reproduction in plants and sexual reproduction in animals. Pupils should draw a timeline to indicate stages in the growth and development of humans. They should learn about the changes experienced in puberty.