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Queensmead Primary Academy

Relationship Education (RSE)

Summary of Curriculum Intent

'Now I'm older I want to help younger pupils- it makes me feel good to help them'

'Me and my friends fall out sometimes but it's not for long and we always make up again'

'I've got a big family and we all enjoy being together - sometimes it's really loud and I like to go and be by myself but that's OK'


To embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, pupils need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their sense of self. Pupils can also put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. Relationship Education can support young people to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support.

Our RSE curriculum was developed by RSE leads from a number of city schools who worked together to create a programme of study for our pupils. In this way, we could ensure that our collective response to the subject was cohesive and consistent throughout our network.

Since September 2020, it has been a compulsory requirement for all maintained primary schools to teach Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education. Sex education is not compulsory in primary schools however some of the elements are taught within the science curriculum (such as the main external body parts, the human body as it grows, puberty and reproduction in some plants and animals).

The content set out in the RSE (2020) guidance therefore mainly  focuses on Relationships Education and its importance in children’s futures after primary school. In teaching RSE, we have regard to guidance issued by the secretary of state as outlined in section 403 of the Education Act 1996.  


Every child is entitled to receive Relationships and Sex Education. We ensure RSE is inclusive and meets the needs of all our pupils, including those with special education needs and disabilities. It is our intention that all pupils have the opportunity to experience a programme at a level which is appropriate for their age and physical development.

We have developed our curriculum in consultation with parents, pupils and staff, taking into account the age, needs and feelings of pupils. The 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.

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