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Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) 

Dear Parents and Carers,

As part of your child’s educational experience here at Lark Rise Academy, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.

The Department for Education has made changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation which came into effect from September 2020 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found at:


The guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships.

Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them to take responsibility for their own wellbeing.

Consequently, from September 2020, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, will be statutory and will form part of the National Curriculum.

At Lark Rise we have reviewed our RSE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE curriculum is appropriate for our pupils based on their:

-          Age

-          Physical and emotional maturity

-          Religious and cultural background

-          Special educational needs and disability

What is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision made by the school as schools are legally required to teach the National Curriculum. There is a clear overview of what will be taught and at what stage throughout the school using the SCARF approach, which will be available on the school website. This will help you to see the content that will be delivered to your child as they progress through the school. The right to withdraw from some lessons is outlined in the FAQs which are also available on the website. 

Mrs Hannah Hartley

RSE Lead 



rse feedback for parents feb 2021.pdf