Relationships and Sex Education
part of Life Matters
Miss D L Tickell
Miss M Mee
Life Matters is delivered through the Tutorial programme and therefore taught by form tutors
Relationships and Sex Education
From September 2020, Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) is a statutory requirement in secondary schools. It is part of our Life Matters curriculum which also includes Careers.
At King Edward VI we want our students to be able to build positive and safe relationships, to respect themselves and others and to make safe responsible choices.
RSE will be taught during PSHE (Life Matters) lessons and with lessons tailored for year groups and specialised lessons from outside providers. Our aim is to equip our students with the knowledge and skills to have safe, fulfilling relationships.
What do we teach?
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions about the statutory Relationships and Sex Education.
Q: Will my child’s school still have to teach these subjects from September despite the recent disruption?
The subjects will be compulsory from September 2020, however, the Government has given until the start of the summer term 2021 for school who are not ready due to the challenging circumstances.
King Edward VI is ready to teach the new curriculum and have worked to ensure that the new requirements have been met under the DFE guidance.
Q: Does the new Relationships Education and RSE curriculum take account of my faith?
A: The subjects are designed to help children from all backgrounds build positive and safe relationships, and to thrive in modern Britain.
As in all schools, when teaching these subjects, the religious background of pupils will be taken into account when planning teaching, so that topics are appropriately handled.
Q: Do I have a right to withdraw my child from Relationships and Sex Education?
A: Parents will continue to have a right to request to withdraw their child from sex education delivered as part of RSE in secondary schools which, unless there are exceptional circumstances, should be granted up to three terms before their child turns 16. At this point, if the child themselves wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school should make arrangements for this to happen in one of the three terms before the child turns 16 - the legal age of sexual consent.
There is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education at primary or secondary as we believe the contents of these subjects – such as family, friendship, safety (including online safety) – are important for all children to be taught.
Q: Will my child be taught about LGBT relationships?
A: Pupils should be taught about the society in which they are growing up. These subjects are designed to foster respect for others and for difference, and educate pupils about healthy relationships.
Pupils will receive teaching on LGBT content during their school years. Teaching children about the society that we live in and the different types of loving, healthy relationships that exist will be done in a way that respects everyone
RSE should meet the needs of all pupils, whatever their developing sexuality or identity – this should include age-appropriate teaching about different types of relationships in the context of the law.
Q: Where can I find out more information about what will be taught in my child’s school?
A: If you want to know more about what will be taught as part of the new subjects, the best thing to do is email Miss Tickell or Miss Mee.
Q: Can I withdraw my child from these lessons?
A: Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their child from sex education, but not relationships or health education up until 3 terms before your child turns 16. After that your child has the choice of receiving sex education with or without parental consent.
Information about the lessons are also on the school’s RSE policy. The government have also published parent guides, which explain what the subjects are, and parents’ rights.
These subjects are designed to equip your child with knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a successful adult life. The important lessons you teach your child about healthy relationships, looking after themselves and staying safe, are respected and valued under this new curriculum.
The teaching at school will complement and reinforce the lessons you teach your child as they grow up.
Information for parents
Find out more about our statutory duties by viewing our Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) policy.
Guide for parents and carers
For more information, please read our handy guide for parents and carers.
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