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PHSE/RSE Curriculum

At Chiltern Wood School our curriculum includes teaching Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) . We believe that effective Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)  is crucial to developing and maintaining the emotional and physical health of our pupils. We recognise children and young people with special needs and disabilities can be more vulnerable in society to abuse, or child-on- child abuse and, or sexual harassment. Learning about RSE also ensure our pupils are taught about safeguarding risks and supported to understand “what constitutes a healthy relationship”. 

At Chiltern Wood our RSE curriculum reflects the needs of our children and young people with autism, speech language and communication difficulties, severe learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning difficulties.  

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) provides a framework for pupils to learn about emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, and physical relationships where appropriate. It aims to equip children and young people with the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and wellbeing. RSE is important in helping children and young people to be safe, healthy and happy as they grow up and, in their future lives. RSE must always be appropriate to pupils’ age and stage of development and is an essential part of safeguarding. At Chiltern Wood School we are committed to ‘Success through wellbeing,’ this ethos is evident through our approach to RSE and PSHE. 

Please read our policy  here

Our RSE programme is designed following consultation with parents, to meet the statutory requirements of DfE guidance (September 2019) and a further consult in Spring 2024.  Our RSE curriculum was updated in 2024 to reflect our changing needs and curriculum.  

RSE lessons are to ensure pupils receive their learning in the wider context of relationships, and are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of adult life. Our teaching about relationship and sex education should be complementary and supportive to the role of parents and carers so will regard their views on its content and presentation. 

Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of any sex education provided, but not from teaching of the biological aspects of human growth and reproduction, a statutory part of the National Curriculum for Science. If a parent wishes to withdraw their child, they should put their request in writing to the Headteacher - a reason for this decision is not necessary. However, we strongly recommend and encourage parents and carers to work with the school to ensure their children are well informed. 


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