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Relationships and Sex Education

'The Government believe that all pupils should benefit from high-quality sex and relationships education at school; that schools have a clear role in reinforcing the information that children receive from parents, and in providing them with a safe and supportive environment in which to develop the knowledge they need to make wise and informed choices later in life.' (Nick Gibb, Minister of State for Schools, February 2012)

The University of Bristol has published the following document which summarises what makes RSE effective and acceptable to young people.

Delivery is just as important as content in sex and relationship education (July 2017)       

The Sex Education Forum has produced a poster that schools can download and use to make their own commitment to good quality RSE. The poster can be displayed, shared with parents, staff and governors and used as a springboard to develop the quality of RSE provision the school is working towards. 

Download schools poster displaying 'Our school is committed to RSE. . . '

Educators and organisations that support schools with RSE can display their own statement of commitment Download supporter poster displaying 'We are committed to RSE. . . '

A4 and A3 versions of both versions of the poster are available to download from the SEF website

RSE in Wiltshire:

In Wiltshire, our overarching goal is to help and support young people to understand and manage their physical, emotional and social development, through childhood, puberty and adolescence, and to prepare them for an adult life in which they can enjoy their sexuality and the benefits of healthy, committed and loving relationships.

To that end, the core aims of an RSE programme in school, taking account of the age, maturity, ability and background of children and young people, should be to enable them to:

  • acquire the knowledge and understanding they need about their bodies, how they work and how they develop;
  • develop the skills and confidence to think clearly and communicate effectively about feelings and relationships;
  • develop the skills and confidence to make decisions, and to identify and deal with influences, pressures and risks;
  • develop self esteem and the capacity to value and respect both themselves and other people, and so avoid all forms of exploitation in relationships;
  • be aware of and appreciate their own sexuality and understand the nature of human sexuality and reproduction, free from distortions, myths and misconceptions;
  • with positive values and personal integrity, to develop a moral framework to guide their decisions, judgements and behaviour together with an awareness of and respect for the values held by others;
  • gain the knowledge and skills to protect themselves and their partners from the physical and emotional risks associated with immature, irresponsible or unprotected sexual activity, including unwanted conceptions and sexually transmitted infections (STIs);
  • acquire the knowledge, confidence and capability to access appropriate sources of help, advice, support or treatment whenever they need it;
  • understand the demands and rewards associated with family relationships, whether as a child, husband, wife or partner, or as a parent, and be aware of the many variants of these relationships in modern society;
  • identify their hopes and aspirations for their personal lives and their relationships, and consider how best to achieve these.

For additional ideas and useful resources to develop your sex and relationships education programme, for both primary and secondary schools, visit the South West Relationships and Sex Education Hub.

How Wiltshire's PDE Adviser can help 

A range of central training opportunities are available to support teachers deliver Relationships and Sex Education as part of a programme of PSHE education. Schools can also request bespoke training to meet staff needs or to develop a whole school approach to SRE which can be delivered through INSET or staff meetings. Contact Nick for further details.