Relationships & Sexuality Education (RSE)

High quality RSE is fundamental in creating a safe school environment where learners grow and develop positive, healthy relationships for life.  Fostering positive attitudes towards gender diversity, equality and respectful relationships. At Abercarn Primary School we believe all learners have the right to receive. high-quality, holistic, and inclusive education about relationships and sexuality.

We recognise that the world around us is evolving rapidly and significantly. We are inclusive of diversity. We fully comply with our duties under the Equality Act 2010 and the RSE Code . We support parents and carers in understanding why high quality, inclusive RSE is important to the development and learning of every young person.

We actively participate in the Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Scheme (WNHSS) which provides a framework for the development of a whole school approach to RSE through effectively linking policy, staff, development of a spiral curriculum, school ethos, learner voice and the wider community.

Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) is a statutory requirement in the new Curriculum for Wales framework and is mandatory for all learners.

The Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE): statutory guidance (2022) sets out statutory guidance in relation to RSE and is published under section 71 of the Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Act 2021 (the Act); it is designed to assist those responsible under the Act to design RSE as part of the curriculum. The Curriculum for Wales Relationships and Sexuality Education code contains mandatory requirements for RSE. It sets out the themes and matters that must be encompassed for learner from 3 to 16 years old.

Our curriculum have been developed in line with Welsh Government statutory guidance and legislative summary and aligns with the Equality Act 2010.

We discuss RSE in the context of children’s rights as protected by the United Nations Convention on The Rights of the Child .

We actively participates in the Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Scheme (WNHSS) which provides a framework for the development of a whole school approach to RSE through effectively linking policy, staff, development of a spiral curriculum, school ethos, learner voice and the wider community.

Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) is a statutory requirement in the new Curriculum for Wales framework and is mandatory for all learners.

The Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE): statutory guidance (2022) sets out statutory guidance in  relation to RSE and is published under section 71 of the Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Act 2021 (the Act); it is designed to assist those responsible under the Act to design RSE as part of the curriculum. The  Curriculum for Wales – Relationships and Sexuality Education code contains mandatory requirements for RSE. It sets out the themes and matters that must be encompassed for learner from 3 to 16 years old.

Our curriculum have been developed in line with Welsh Government statutory guidance and legislative summary and aligns with the Equality Act 2010.

We discuss RSE in the context of children’s rights as protected by the United Nations Convention on The Rights of the Child .

The rights below underpin and shape our RSE curriculum and school policy:

  • non-discrimination (Article 2)
  • be heard and involved in decision-making (Article 12)
  • freedom of expression (Article 13)
  • follow your own religion (Article 14)
  • have privacy (Article 16)
  • access information to make informed decisions (Article 17)
  • not be harmed and should be looked after and kept safe (Article 19)
  • experience the highest attainable health, access to health facilities, and preventative health care (Article 24)
  • education that prepares children to understand others (Article 29)
  • protection from sexual abuse and exploitation (Article 34)
  • get special help if they have been abused (Article 39)

Everyone who works with children at school should always do what is best for each learner, as part of our Whole School Approach to RSE (Article 3).

RSE is taught by teachers through discreet lessons and cross-cutting themes. Teaching strategies and techniques will vary according to the needs of learners.  

The school seeks to give quality education on RSE to all learners.

The school seeks to provide accurate, unbiased information on RSE to learners as part of our pluralistic approach. This means that where questions of values are concerned, we provide a range of views on a given subject commonly held within society. As they develop, learners are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their own learning.

As the school introduces the new Curriculum for Wales, RSE will also be taught through Personal and Social Education (PSE

RSE will be taught through the Health and Well-being AoLE and cross-cutting themes and will incorporate all five statements of what matters.

RSE in the curriculum focuses on three broad strands:

helping learners develop the skills they need to develop healthy, safe, and  fulfilling relationships with others and helping them to make sense of their thoughts and feelings.

helping learners to draw on factual sources regarding their sexual and reproductive health and well-being, allowing them to make informed decisions throughout their lives.

helping to protect learners from all forms of discrimination, violence, abuse and neglect and enabling them to recognise unsafe or harmful relationships and situations, supporting them to recognise when, how and where to seek support and advice.

Abercarn Primary School uses the following resources:

  • SENSE resources
  • Growing Up resource
  • NSPCC
  • SEAL
  • Jigsaw Education
Last modified: Sunday, 10 November 2019, 12:23 PM