All About Me
Relationships and sexual health education
Cheswick Green Primary School has been successfully teaching RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) for the last three years. This year the recommended programme, which is used extensively in Solihull primary schools, has been updated and has been renamed ‘All about me’, however the content and structure is very similar to our previous RSE programme ‘Spring Fever’.
There are five key themes that run throughout the programme:
- All about me
- My relationships
- Me and my body
- My thoughts, feelings and behaviours
- My choices and personal boundaries
Whilst these themes do cover the physical changes of puberty; the similarities and differences between boys and girls body’s, including giving the correct names to all their body parts (as we know this is a huge protective factor and helps to keep children safe); more importantly, these issues are supported by a frame work of lessons which puts them firmly in context and focuses on children learning the skills to form and maintain positive relationships, especially friendships, based on respect and empathy.
Sometimes there is a misunderstanding about what a relationship and sex education package might contain, especially when aimed at primary school children. There is the worry that children will lose their innocence if we give them certain information too soon. The evidence suggests that this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, ‘All about me’ is an evidence based package which progresses year-by-year to an age appropriate level. The programme is designed to be delivered across all year groups and builds in knowledge and details along with the children’s natural development and curiosity.
Under the new guidance for RSE, Relationships Education and Health Education will be statutory subjects from September 2019, meaning that parents will not be able to opt their child out of these lessons. Parents will retain the right to opt their child out of sex education lessons as under the new guidance these are recommended but not statutory. With this in mind there are three lessons that parents will be able to opt their child out of should they decide, the rest of the programme meets the new statutory guidance.