Relationships, Sex and Health Education Curriculum Plan

Our children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, pupils at Cromer Academy need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. To embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, pupils need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy. 

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is a lifelong learning process of acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs and attitudes about sex, sexuality, relationships and feelings. This education can also foster understanding and respect for people with different sexual orientations and help them feel safe and supported when it comes to their own feelings and identity. It can make a significant contribution to the development of the personal skills needed by people if they are to establish and maintain relationships. It also enables young people to make responsible and informed decisions about their health and well-being. 

The Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019, made under sections 34 and 35 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017, make Relationships Education compulsory for all pupils receiving primary education and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) compulsory for all pupils receiving secondary education. They also make Health Education compulsory in all schools except independent schools. The guidelines are to ensure that education prepares young people for life in the modern world. 

The teaching of RSE will encourage pupils to: 

  • - Value and respect themselves  
  • - Value and respect others for who they are, not for what they have or what they can do 
  • - Value healthy sexual relationships which are based on mutual respect, care and goodwill  
  • - Value and respect difference in people’s religion, culture, gender, sexual orientation, physical  and mental ability and social background  
  • - Value and respect their own and others’ rights to make choices in sexual relationships after having accepted responsibility for considering the consequences of those choices  
  • - Value stable and loving relationships for the nurturing of children and as the basis of a society in which people care for one another.

Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory RSE. Before granting any request an appropriate member of the academy staff will discuss the request with parents and, as appropriate, with the child to ensure that their wishes are understood and to clarify the nature and purpose of the curriculum. Once those discussions have taken place, except in exceptional circumstances, we will respect the parents’ request to withdraw the child, up to and until three terms before the child turns 16. After that point, if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school will make arrangements to provide the child with sex education during one of those terms. There is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education or Health Education. 

Below you can find some example resources used to teach RSE at Cromer Academy. Please note that these resources form part of a wider suite of materials used to deliver our PSHE programme.

Year 7 - Families and MarriageYear 8 - SextingYear 9 - CSE 


We welcome feedback on our programme and encourage parents/carers to share their views with us.  Our RSHE policy can be found here and our RSE plan is at the top of this page. If you have any comments or queries on RSE at Cromer Academy or if you wish to take a further look at the resources we use to teach the subject then please email Mrs Burgoyne (PSHE Coordinator)

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