Relationship and Sex Education

Relationships and Sex education (RSE) at Longwood is taught from Nursery through to Year 6 however the title is very misleading. For example with our younger learners they will explore and talk about their families and how the relationships between various family members is different to the relationships within school with other learners.

We will discuss a range of strategies to enable learners to cope when relationships are challenging and how families are similar or different.

Our school based RSE lessons provide a structured program matched to ages and development needs of our learners. It can combat ignorance in providing accurate information.

It provides the opportunity to exchange ideas, provide tolerance of others which contribute to our learners development of values and a personal sense of morality.

Parents or carers have the choice of withdrawing their children from RSE lessons if considered necessary however please be aware that we will sometimes discuss misconceptions with individuals as and when they occur for example the misuse of the term “gay”. We believe this is the right and proper thing to do.. It is not always possible to withdraw learners from such discussions if they arise and it is not considered appropriate to do so by the Department for Education.