Our Approach to Teaching Relationship and Sex Education at Farrington Gurney C of E Primary

At Farrington, we believe in teaching the facts about human reproduction before they leave primary school. Sex education ‘should ensure that both boys and girls are prepared for the changes that adolescence brings (puberty) and – drawing on knowledge of the human life cycle set out in the national curriculum for science - how a baby is conceived and born’. 

At our school, puberty is taught as a statutory requirement of Health Education and covered by our Jigsaw PSHE Programme in the ‘Changing Me’ unit.

“Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory Relationships and Sex Education” DfE Guidance p.17 

We conclude that sex education refers to Human Reproduction, and therefore inform parents of their right to request their child be withdrawn from the RSE lessons that explicitly teach this.

We ensure an overview of the Sex Education element of the PSHE curriculum is sent out to parents and carers in the term before we are teaching it, allowing parents time to review our content and discuss any concerns or general questions with either the class teacher or member of the leadership team. We send the overview out in Term 5 and teach the lessons in Term 6.

Our overview of the Sex Education element of the RSE curriculum can be found here:


Further information can be found here: