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Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

RSE teaching at Mitchell Brook teaches children to develop values, attitudes, personal and social skills, and increase their knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions and choices when they are adults. Each year group will be taught appropriate to their age and developmental stage.


Why do we teach Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)?

There are four main aims of teaching RSE:

• To empower children to be safe and safeguarded.

• To enable children to understand and respect their bodies

• To help children develop positive and healthy relationships appropriate to their age and  development

• To support children to have positive self-esteem and body image


Mitchell Brook chooses to teach Sex Education and Section 405 of the Education Act 1996 provides the right of parental withdrawal from the RSE provided at school except for those parts included in the National Curriculum. The Science curriculum in all maintained schools also includes content on human development, including reproduction, which there is no right to withdraw from. RSE lesson plans can be viewed below. 

What do we teach children?

We teach children the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships including:

• Families and people who care for me

• Caring friendships

• Respectful relationships

• Online relationships 

• Being safe

• The physical development of their bodies as they grow into adults

• The correct vocabulary for all parts of the body and encourage sensible attitudes to natural bodily functions

• To understand and respect differences and similarities between boys and girls.

• To respect their own bodies.

• To understand why hygiene is important.

• To identify positive things about themselves and their achievements.

• The importance of loving and caring relationships and the idea of mutual responsibilities within these relationships.

• To recognise and challenge gender stereotypes.

• The importance of family life and to recognise that families are different and to challenge stereotypes about families.

• To understand what makes a positive relationship.

• To respect for the views of other people.

• To help young people understand they have rights and should have control over who touches their body.

• To understand and be able to use assertiveness skills.