Beatrix Potter School Relationships Policy
Beatrix Potter has spent a great deal of time and thought on this policy. It is a complex and at times controversial area for primary schools to tackle. We are confident that the policy and approach we have developed is the best possible approach. When we use any media in class we will always let parents know and allow them to view the material in an open manner. If you are concerned to talk to Mr Neale, or Ms Palmer our excellent creator of this policy who has consulted widely before its introduction. We consulted with you, the parents. This enabled us to remove any concerns about our new policy vow in place.
Relationships education is “lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is about the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health.” Department for Education
At Beatrix Potter, Relationships Education will be taught within the framework of PSHE and Citizenship, SEAL and the National Curriculum for science.
At Beatrix Potter School, we aim for pupils to:
- Learn to respect themselves and others and move with confidence from childhood through adolescence into adulthood.
- Gain knowledge about the human body so that they can understand and feel comfortable with their own bodies and sexual nature.
- Gain knowledge and understanding about the physical and emotional changes that take place during puberty.
- Learn how to manage friendships and relationships confidently and sensitively and to recognise and avoid exploitation and abuse.
- Reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up
The Foundation Stage guidance underpins all future learning in the Foundation Stage by supporting, fostering, promoting and developing children’s personal, social and emotional well-being. It prepares children for future schooling and to help transfer to the next stage without stress. It provides for all children to succeed at their own level in an atmosphere of care and of feeling valued.
The delivery of Relationships Education is undertaken by staff who feel comfortable with the content and style of delivery necessary for its successful implementation. The staff at Beatrix Potter have received training from the Christopher Winter Project to ensure they feel confident to undertake teaching Relationships Education.
In order to help children to develop confidence in talking, listening and thinking about sex and relationships, the following teaching strategies will be used:
- Establishing ground rules with pupils to ensure a safe environment is created in which no-one feels embarrassed or anxious and to allow teachers to deal with unexpected or inappropriate questions.
- Using distancing techniques to de-personalise discussions. Role-plays, case studies with invented characters and theatre in education groups can assist in helping pupils discuss sensitive issues and develop their decision-making skills in a safe environment. A question box will also be used so that children can ask questions anonymously.
- Discussion and circle time to enable children to practise their social and personal skills and to consider and express their beliefs and attitudes about different topics.
- Allowing children time to reflect on what they have learned and to form new understanding, skills and attitudes.
When relevant, Relationships Education will be linked with other areas of the curriculum. There are close links with the Science curriculum. Literacy speaking and listening skills will be developed through pupils taking part in discussion, circle time activities, debates and role-play.
We work in partnership with parents, informing them of the content of the Relationships programme and inviting them to view any materials which will be shown to pupils. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the Relationships Education programme apart from those parts included in the statutory National Curriculum.
As a staff, we endeavour to maintain an awareness of, and to provide for, equal opportunities for all our pupils in Relationships Education. We aim to take into account cultural background, gender and Special Needs, both in our teaching and in the published materials we use with our pupils.
We are aware that some areas of the Relationships Education programme may be sensitive to some cultures and religions and therefore we invite parents to view the materials and can arrange for children to withdraw from some parts of the programmes.
In most instances, boys and girls will undertake relationships activities as a mixed group. However, there will be some times when speaking to single sex groups will be most appropriate due to religious or cultural beliefs or because the pupils will feel safer and less embarrassed.
Pupils with Special Educational Needs
Pupils with special educational needs are included in Relationships Education.
Resources and Additional Activities
The school endeavours to provide pupils with a range of resources and events to support and enhance the teaching of relationships education.
There may be times when a child wishes to confide in a teacher. It is the school policy that information may need to be passed on to the headteacher if there is a risk of harm to the child. Children are informed that teachers cannot guarantee absolute confidentiality. The headteacher will then decide what action to take to protect the best interest of the child, enabling action to be taken by other professionals if deemed necessary.
If you wish to download a copy do click on the following which is a pdf version of the policy: BP RSE policy 2021