Relationship and Sex Education Policy

The aims of relationships and sex education (RSE) at our school are to:

  • Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place
  • Prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene
  • Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
  • Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships
  • Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies


RSE has three main elements: 

Attitudes and values 

  • Recognition of the value of family life, marriage, stable and loving relationships for the nurture of children  Respect for self and others.
  • Exploration of moral dilemmas. Development of critical thinking 
  • Personal and social skills. Self-confidence, self-esteem and empathy for others. Managing emotions and relationships confidently and sensitively 

Physical development. Sexuality, reproduction, sexual health. Information on local and national contraception and sexual health services. Reasons for delaying sexual activity. The avoidance of unplanned pregnancy. Keeping safe from sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) 

Weobley High School provides a setting in which students can be offered appropriate teaching about RSE. In doing so, we aim to support our children and young people as they prepare for adult life by guiding them through their physical, emotional and moral development and helping them to understand themselves, respect others and form and sustain healthy relationships. RSE is also part of the Citizenship course we teach and is underpinned by the Science curriculum at KS3 and KS4.  It is inclusive of all students to ensure that they:

  • Receive their sex education in the wider context of relationships
  • Are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
  • Develop positive attitudes to sexuality 

At Weobley High School, RSE is also delivered, when appropriate, during the Year Group Consultation Days which are held once per year.  Ways of delivering this content from external providers are organised by our Deputy Headteacher in charge of pastoral care.

The work that Weobley High School does is designed to support and complement the role of parents, carers or guardians, who have the prime responsibility in this sensitive area.    

Due to the nature of the LinC, students will receive support and advice on issues covered by RSE when they work with our LInC manager. When needed, the manager will liaise with and update the SENCo, Pastoral Lead, Learning Co-ordinators and Form Tutors as to the progress made by particular children. 

The main aims of any Sex and Relationships education that takes place at school are to encourage students to appreciate the values and to promote the benefits of family life, whilst realising and accepting that not all families will have the same structure.   Students are encouraged to recognise the responsibilities of parenthood and to respect themselves and others. Students are educated in the importance of behaving responsibly and respectfully in sexual matters. Moral and ethical issues are presented and discussed. 

Issues of the biology of sexual maturation, focusing on the physical and emotional changes associated with puberty as well as the related issues of personal hygiene are discussed.   Students receive information about sexually transmitted infections including HIV and AIDS and the importance of practicing safe sex. Students receive information about contraception and its importance in guarding against unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Teaching covers the legal implications of sexual behaviour. Students are advised on the importance of checking for testicular and breast cancer.

Students are taught about risks and how to stay safe online. They are encouraged to think about what they want others to know and see about them, whether on or offline. Students are given advice on keeping themselves safe from harm and how to access services if they need help and advice.

Staff receive the statutory training and updates on Safeguarding and what to do if students approach them with issues that pertain to sexual health or practice.

This policy has been developed in consultation with staff and pupils. The consultation and policy development process involved the following steps:

  1. Review – a member of staff or working group pulled together all relevant information including relevant national and local guidance
  1. Staff consultation – all school staff were given the opportunity to look at the policy and make recommendations
  1. Pupil consultation – we investigated what exactly pupils want from their RSE
  2. Parents- the policy has been uploaded to our website and a letter detailing RSE has been sent to parents 
  1. Parents- the policy has been uploaded to our website and a letter detailing RSE has been sent to parents
  2. Ratification – once amendments were made, the policy was shared with governors and ratified

Our curriculum is set out as per Appendix 1 but we may need to adapt it as and when necessary.

We have developed the curriculum in consultation with pupils and staff, taking into account the age, needs and feelings of pupils. If pupils ask questions outside the scope of this policy, teachers will respond in an appropriate manner so they are fully informed and don’t seek answers online.

  • Potential difficulties and changes that adolescence brings
  • How a baby is conceived and born

For more information about our curriculum, see our curriculum map in Appendix 1.

The teaching about contraception should be carried out in a frank and open manner with students being given non-biased information about various forms of contraception. Staff do not give advice to individuals – advice can only be given through an appropriate external agency.  The School Nurse is available to provide students with advice.

If students wish to ask a member of staff for guidance on an issue of sex or emotional health, the staff should make it clear that they are not in a position to guarantee confidentiality, and remind the student that they will need to comply with statutory guidance on Child Protection issues. There is always the option to refer a student sensitively towards the SENDCo, the LInC manager or another suitable member of staff.

The Key Stage 3 National Curriculum for Science looks at the physical and emotional changes that take place during adolescence as well as the biology of reproduction in humans, including the structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems, menstrual cycle, gametes, fertilization, gestation and birth, and the effect of maternal lifestyle on the fetus through the placenta. It also covers the growth and reproduction of bacteria and how the spread of viruses can affect human health. At GCSE level the Science the biology of reproduction is covered in detail, as well as relevant genetic conditions and their potential screening, sex determination, the medical use of hormones to control and promote fertility, and communicable diseases. The topics covered are listed, though this list is not comprehensive as relevant Science will appear in other units. 

Alternative sources of information are available online which students may wish to access themselves, however we cannot endorse these as factually accurate unless they have been checked by a suitable member of staff, such as a teacher from the Science Department.

RSE is taught within the Pastoral Programme set out in tutor time and on Consultation Days. Biological aspects of RSE are taught within the science curriculum, and other aspects are included in religious education (RE).

Pupils also receive stand-alone sex education sessions delivered by a trained health professional.

For more information about our RSE curriculum, see Appendices 1 and 2.


RSE focuses on giving young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds including:

  • Families
  • Respectful relationships, including friendships
  • Online and media
  • Being safe
  • Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health

For more information about our RSE curriculum, see Appendices 1 and 2.


These 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 (families can include single parent families, LGBT parents, families headed by grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents/carers amongst other structures) along with reflecting sensitively that some children may have a different structure of support around them (for example: looked after children or young carers).

The governing board

The governing board will approve the RSE policy, and hold the headteacher to account for its implementation.

The Deputy Headteacher

The Deputy Heateacher (Student Support) is responsible for ensuring that RSE is taught consistently across the school, and for managing requests to withdraw pupils from non-statutory/non-science components of RSE (see section 8).


Staff are responsible for:

  • Delivering RSE in a sensitive way
  • Modelling positive attitudes to RSE
  • Monitoring progress
  • Responding to the needs of individual pupils
  • Responding appropriately to pupils whose parents wish them to be withdrawn from the non-statutory/non-science components of RSE

Staff do not have the right to opt out of teaching RSE. Staff who have concerns about teaching RSE are encouraged to discuss this with the headteacher.


Pupils are expected to engage fully in RSE and, when discussing issues related to RSE, treat others with respect and sensitivity.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the non-statutory/non-science components of sex education within RSE up to and until 3 terms before the child turns 16. After this point, if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than being withdrawn, the school will arrange this.

Requests for withdrawal should be put in writing using the form found in Appendix 3 of this policy and addressed to the Deputy Headteacher (student support).

A copy of withdrawal requests will be placed in the pupil’s educational record. This will be discussedwith parents and take appropriate action.

Alternative work will be given to pupils who are withdrawn from sex education.

Staff are trained on the delivery of RSE as part of their induction and it is included in our continuing professional development calendar.

The headteacher will also invite visitors from outside the school, such as school nurses or sexual health professionals, to provide support and training to staff teaching RSE.

The delivery of RSE is monitored by Russell Jones, Deputy Headteacher through:

  • planning scrutinies.
  • learning walks.
  • Consultation with students


To be completed by parents

Name of child




Name of parent




Reason for withdrawing from sex education within relationships and sex education


Any other information you would like the school to consider


Parent signature


To be completed by the school

Agreed actions from discussion with parents


Reviewed on:                                                                      December 2022                  

By:                                                                                         R.Jones (Deputy Headteacher)                        

Approved by:                                                                        Governors December 2022

To be reviewed:                                                                   December 2023