RSE (Relationship and Sex Education)
At The Free School Norwich we recognise that children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and meet challenges online and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. Considering this, children need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.
We believe RSE should:
- Be an integral part of the lifelong learning process, beginning in early childhood and continue into adult life.
- Be an entitlement for all young people, making adjustments and considering effective teaching approaches for children who require it.
- Encourage all pupils to understand personal, social and emotional safety in their real world and online lives in order that they can be physically and mentally strong individuals as they grow.
- Be set within the core CUTHRIVE values of the school, namely: Communication, Trust, Independence, Vitality and Understanding Difference. We celebrate our families varying cultural heritages and understand that 'family' looks different for everyone- this provides a rich learning opportunity and opens up positive conversations for our pupils.
- Encourage students and teachers to share and respect each other’s views. We actively challenge inappropriate behaviour (eg: racist, sexualised or bullying) in a safe, age appropriate and culturally respectful way, this is integral our Active Bystanders Programme.
- Recognise that the wider community has much to offer and we aim to work in partnership with health professionals, social workers, health professionals and charity workers.
We aim to:
- promote open and honest conversation to remove stigma and provide the opportunity for children to ask questions confidentially or openly in a lesson.
- support our CUTHRIVE principles by developing emotionally resilient young people who understand what safe, happy and healthy relationships look and feel like.
- support pupils to understand different types of relationship, gender identity including the inclusiveness of our LGBTQ+ community.
- present topics neutrally and without judgement.
- support our pupils and staff by using the Active Bystanders programme to promote a safe, open environment where our language and behaviour demonstrates equal respect for all members of our school and wider community. Our Active Bystanders provide a voice for those who are vulnerable to possible sexual discrimination and exploitation.
Working in partnership with parents.
At The Free School Norwich we embrace the opportunity to involve our whole school community which is why we work alongside professional partners to inform our curriculum. We also value the input of our parents and use pupil voice to inform our teaching which is why a consultation for the RSE curriculum is held annually. All parents also have the right to withdraw their children from the RSE lessons. We welcome a conversation about their decision to withdraw and hope to support their worries about the curriculum.