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Relationships and Sex Education teaching at Swainswick


Sex and Relationship Education

The Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education (RSE). Consequently, from September 2020 Relationships, along with Health Education, will be statutory and form part of the National Curriculum. Due to the COVID19 pandemic the full implementation has been extended until Summer 2021. For secondary schools Sex Education will also become statutory. However, the DfE continue to recommend that all primary schools should have a sex education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils in place. 


This means that we have been reviewing and implementing our new RSE curriculum and policy, so that we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils. We have chosen to follow the ‘Jigsaw’ scheme of work. This scheme of work is nationally recognised and takes into account the children’s:


  • Age

  • Physical and emotional maturity

  • Religious and cultural backgrounds

  • Special educational needs and disabilities


The new DfE guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping safe in the modern world. We have chosen to teach Sex Education, as we believe this is also an important part of all children's education- enabling us to ensure the content is taught sensitively and accurately, rather than through hearsay and often inappropriate/inaccurate online 'content'.


Jigsaw PSHE perfectly connects the pieces of Personal, Social and Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development into an easy to use lesson-a-week programme.


Designed as a whole-school approach, Jigsaw provides a detailed and comprehensive scheme of learning for ages 3-16. Jigsaw makes teachers’ lives easier by providing extremely well-structured, progressive lesson plans with teaching resources included.


Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children for life, helping them really know and value who they truly are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

For more information, please visit the Jigsaw website:













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