Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

Dawley Academy follows the Respect Yourself syllabus for RSE.

Upon the release of these materials, studies had found that only 21% of boys and 6% of girls were active enough for ‘good development’ and that almost one in every 19 English children were obese when they started in reception class.

Studies across England also found that 88% of parents wanted sex education to be taught in all schools, and 90% of students wanted statutory sex education in school.

At Dawley Academy, we endeavour to give our children a sound understanding of matters concerning relationships and sex education.  RSE forms part of our PSHE programme, and is a vital part of our delivery.  We promote healthy living, as well as healthy relationships.

Statutory guidance on the delivery of RSE can be found on the government website at

The new guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own well-being.

Using the Respect Yourself materials, and communicating with parents and carers, as well as our governors, ensures that our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:

  • Age
  • Physical and emotional maturity
  • Religious and cultural backgrounds
  • Special educational needs and disabilities

  As part of our curriculum review we would welcome your views, through our online survey, on:

  • Our policy for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
  • When and how certain content within this subject is covered.

You can find the link to our online survey here:

What is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision for the school and consultation does not provide a parental veto on curriculum content as schools are legally required to teach the National Curriculum. The right to withdraw children from some lessons is explained in the policy and on the government website.

 Click on a link below to access the document/page
 RSE Policy  RSHE Charter