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Relationships and Sex Education

At St. James’ CEC Primary School we aim to provide a loving and caring environment where every child can thrive and is supported to achieve their amazing potential as a unique child of God.  We see our RSE programme as an important way of helping children to make sense of growing up as well as some of the bigger questions in life.  We believe that through our teaching we will promote pupils’ self-esteem, emotional development and help children to form and maintain satisfying relationships. This begins a lifelong process of relationships and feelings, acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs and attitudes about sex and sexuality. It should help young people to learn to respect themselves and others and to move with confidence from childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood. 

Following nationwide consultation, The Department for Education has made changes to Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) which came into effect from September 2020 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements.


The new 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 and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own well-being.

In order to ensure that all the statutory requirements are covered throughout school in a sensitive and age appropriate way, we follow an online scheme of work, provided by 'Coram Life Education' called 'SCARF' (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship). This scheme does not only ensure that the statutory objectives are taught but also combines them with additional PSHE objectives, ensuring our children are given the tools to become, life long learners and acquire personal skills and attributes to help them in their future lives.

Another reason behind our choice in following the 'SCARF' curriculum resource, is their understanding of Christian values. Coram Life Education states:

“The RSE elements of SCARF are based on the SCARF values of Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship. We believe that all children deserve to be safe, cared for and to learn the skills they need to develop healthy relationships. We feel there is a natural fit between these values and the ethos of schools with a religious character.”

Further down this page you will find further details about our curriculum and more detailed breakdowns of objectives and expectations for each year group.


Policy and Curriculum documents

We wrote a new draft RSE Policy. This was open for consultation with parents between May 5th 2020 to May 22nd 2020. Following the consultation period, governors ratified the finalised policy. The link below will take you to the finalised policy:

RSE policy link


Age Expectations

  • The downloadable documents below, have been adapted from 'SCARF'. These are our PSHE unit overviews, which include all the DfE statutory requirements for Relationships Education and Health Education.


Year group content overviews 

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