School relationship and sex education programmes

BigTalk Education's delivered school sex education programmes

Working across a wide range of educational settings, the specialist relationship and sex education facilitators at BigTalk Education delivered at over 160 schools and institutions in academic year 17/18. This section gives you a guide to our taught, school sex education programmes across a range of settings, if you would like more information please get in touch.

Which of our school sex education programmes do you want to find out about?

Primary RSE

Our Growing Up Safe : Whole School Approach is a Pamela Sheridan award winning relationship and sex education programme delivered in primary, infants, junior and nursery schools across the UK.

Secondary RSE

Our RSE Lessons for Life programme is a comprehensive relationship and sex education programme for secondary schools. Covering key topics such as  relationships, consent, parenthood, STIs, LGBT, CSE and many more.

RSE in Faith Schools

Read about how our Growing Up Safe : Whole School Approach programme works in faith schools up and down the country. Understand how the values of our team complement school and family values and beliefs. 

RSE in Special Schools

With experience working with pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, find out how our expert relationship and sex education facilitators can help keep your children safe, healthy and happy.

Feedback from school staff on BigTalk Education's Growing Up Safe relationship and sex education programme

What training do you offer?
  • We have a range of training solutions to meet the needs of teachers, trainee teachers and other education professionals. We offer one day courses delivered face to face in the Yorkshire & Humber region. For larger groups we can come to you to deliver training, please give us a call to discuss your requirements. We also deliver lectures and workshops within university environments. In addition all of our primary Growing Up Safe ‘in school’ programmes include a session for parents and teachers that can count towards CPD hours, as well as shadow training for teachers observing our facilitators in action.
What themes are covered at what key stage?
  • At age 3 (UK nursery) we teach the differences between boys and girls, naming body parts, what areas of the body are private and should not be touched unless the child is happy and gives consent.
  • At ages 4 to 8 (UK Reception, School Years 1, 2 & 3) we reinforce and strengthen what was covered in Nursery. Using specially designed child friendly resources, at the end of this session they will be able to identify happy situations and those which may be risky (e.g. other children or adults taking improper photographs of them, inappropriate touches, exposure to unsuitable media etc.) plus who they can talk to if they are worried.
  • At ages 8 to 9 (School Year 4, 5 & 6) we cover different kinds of families (same sex parents, foster families etc.), the emotional and physical changes of growing up, similarities and differences between boys and girls (including transgender), coping with different emotions, looking after our bodies as they change and the onset of periods (puberty). In these classes we explain that babies are made from ovums and sperm then develop in the womb (reproduction). How to be safe and healthy linking back to and building on identifiable risks, we also strengthen awareness of “our body is our own” and personal safety especially on-line grooming, etc.
Can you help ME deliver relationship and sex education in my school as I don’t think we can afford outside specialists?
  • iIf you are a primary school then yes. Our resources are available to buy here, however for schools delivering RSE independently we recommend the resources are accompanied by staff training for a minimum of two school staff. In our accompanying training day we cover many aspects of RSE that newcomers or those with outdated training often overlook. Some schools also choose to buy a class set of Bodies, Babies and Bellybuttons books which are a great support for the Growing Up Safe: Whole School Approach.
  • For secondary schools we offer staff training plus some of our Workshop Packs are available to purchase from our Resources page. These packs include all you need to deliver the session;  Lesson Plan, background information, a powerpoint presentation, and relevant quizzes, answer sheets etc. All worksheets are suitable for photocopying so the pack will continue to be viable for several years..
Can you help me answer questions from the pupils and parents after you go?
  • Some schools find that pupils and parents will raise further questions after BigTalk education visits. We find most teachers who have been to the parent/teacher session and/or taken part in shadow training observing our facilitators are confident in answering parent and pupil questions.
  • However, we also offer a telephone consultancy for teacher support (usually this is used primarily for disclosure assistance) which is included free as part of an enhanced Growing Up Safe programme.
Do you cover my area?
  • You can see on Our Schools page where we are currently active. We are able to travel to schools all over the UK, however we add associated travel costs to our fees to schools outside our core area of Yorkshire & Humber.
Do you speak to parents?
  • In line with government and Ofsted guidelines we actively engage with parents in our Growing Up Safe: Whole School Approach programme. We hold a minimum of one parent session prior to coming into school to show parents and carers our resources and explain what each age group of children will receive. We stay for one to one questions with parents, which is more comfortable for most than a group discussion. It is our policy to stay at these sessions until every parent’s questions has been answers and they are a satisfied as they ever will be to the response.
  • For incidents of inappropriate behaviour or other causes for concerns we offer one to one sessions for individual children or young people. These referrals can come from schools, children’s centres or directly from parents. Whenever a one to one take places we endeavour to ensure our staff member also speaks directly with the child’s parent(s) to discuss the issues at hand and update them on what happened in the session.
Children/a child at our school are/is using inappropriate language/displaying inappropriate behaviour, can you help?
  • If multiple incidents are occurring in a school population such as frequent use of a particular inappropriate word or a ‘game’ of touching sweeping the playground it can often indicate that there is an immediate requirement for a whole school programme of RSE such as the Growing Up Safe: Whole School Approach.
  • If inappropriacy is confined to an individual or if the source of a wider ‘trend’ is discovered, we recommend one to one sessions in addition to the whole school approach, to ensure the child fully understands what is okay and not okay. Use of inappropriate language or behaviour may be indicative of abuse or early stage indicators such as exposure to pornography, therefore immediate one to one intervention is recommended. If you suspect a child may be being abused please refer to your school’s child protection policy, Safeguarding lead or if still in doubt the government guidelines on what to do.
What should I put in our school RSE policy?
  • As part of the Growing Up Safe: Whole School Approach programme BigTalk Education will provide a free example RSE policy for partner schools.
What is in the new statutory guidance?
  • The new RSE guidance is currently only in draft form. However it does not give a year by year programme of study, but says that learning needs to start at the beginning of primary.
  • There is no table listing what is included in sex education for primary school. However, there is a paragraph recommending that all primary schools have a programme of sex education which includes preparing pupils for the changes adolescence brings and learning how a baby is conceived and born.
  • Puberty is included in Health education.
  • The proposal is that parents will only be able to excuse their child from the sex education part of the curriculum (but not from national curriculum Science), not from Relationships Education at either level.

 

What do OFSTED require when it comes to RSE and how can you help us be Outstanding?

"This is our second year with the programme and we wanted to roll this out across the whole school. The sessions were thoroughly informative dealing with issues sensitively but openly. The programme covered a lot of ground effectively. Our children are now confident, knowledgeable and will hopeful grow to be respectful adults once again, a great job. Thank you for spending the day with us."

Emma Shaw

Deputy Headteacher, Bedwell Primary School, Stevenage

"The materials used are at an informative level, without being inappropriate. The language used by the team was at the children's' level so they were able to understand. The children were put at ease, to answer and ask questions. The section on reproduction was very well discussed and paced, to inform the children about sexual relationships, as too were the puberty and period sections. Very good tutors!"

Tracy Brown

Teacher, Priory Lane Community School, Scunthorpe

"One of the best talks on this subject area I have experienced in my teaching career. The instructors were very relaxed and this created a relaxed and open environment."

Mrs C Keel

Head of Science, Kingshott Prep School, Hertfordshire

"High quality delivery which is completely age appropriate, also includes e-safety, transgender, gay, lesbian – essential knowledge." 

Laura Brough

Assistant Headteacher, Eye Primary School, Peterborough

Feedback from parents on BigTalk Education's Growing Up Safe relationship and sex education programme

"With our two boys I have been concerned about talking to them as we are a same sex couple, but now I feel supported by the school and have a great book resource. Thank you."

September 2018

J. E. Leitning

Parent of Year 3 and Year 6 Pupils, John Harrison Primary School

"Great talk, beforehand I was unsure how much they should know at such young age, and was worried they were expected to know more. I’m very reassured now that the delivery of this information will be informed and appropriate and I am now prepared for any questions that will arise from the classroom talk."

April 2018

Lisa Timms

Mother of Nursery Pupil, Sprotborough Orchard Infants School

"I think this is fantastic. The age appropriateness makes it not OTT but gives them the right information which is so important."

September 2018

Hannah Crosbie

Mother of Year 3 Pupil, Hadrian Primary Academy

"Great idea, this should've been implemented years ago! Nice, relaxed delivery, very good!"

September 2018

Andrew Goodland

Father of Year 1 Pupil, St Peter's Catholic Primary School

BigTalk Education Case Studies

Archbishop of York Junior School

Archbishop of York Junior School

This was our second visit to this Junior School where we were greeted by supportive parents and staff a like. It was great to see what the children had remembered from last year and to have the opportunity to build upon this preparing them for growing up whilst...

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Victoria Primary Academy (Leeds)

Victoria Primary Academy (Leeds)

Our second visit to another of the Wellsprings Academy Trust Schools and what a warm welcome we received. It is great to have the opportunity to work with the school in helping to keep their pupils healthy and safe. We hope to return again next year to see what the...

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Beacon Primary Academy (Skegness)

Beacon Primary Academy (Skegness)

Our first visit to this lovely Skegness School and what a warm welcome we received. The staff were extremely supportive of our visit and the children engaged well. We are already looking forward to returning next year to continue to support the school in keeping...

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Copmanthorpe Primary School (York)

Copmanthorpe Primary School (York)

This was our first visit to Copmanthorpe Primary School. We received a warm welcome from parents and staff and the pupils engaged well. We hope to return next year to build on the foundations we have put in place and to continue to support the school in keeping their...

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Westwoodside Church of England Academy

Westwoodside Church of England Academy

Parents and staff at Barton St Peter's now have high levels of confidence in talking to the children about relationships, their bodies and reproduction.Parent feedback  "Found it really useful and am now aware how much my children will be learning about the topic and...

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Clifton Green Primary School (York)

Clifton Green Primary School (York)

A great first visit to Clifton Green Primary School and a very warm welcome received from both staff and parents. We enjoyed working with the children and look forward to future visits.Parent feedback  "It is very useful to know the content school provides to be able...

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Thorne King Edward Primary School

Thorne King Edward Primary School

Thorne King Edward have shown their dedication to ensuring their children receive the highest level of RSE by employing the support of BigTalk Education for the last 7 years. When working with their children it is clear that we have been visiting them for so many...

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Ebor Gardens Primary Academy (Leeds)

Ebor Gardens Primary Academy (Leeds)

It was so nice to return to Ebor Gardens for a second visit. We were made to feel very welcome by both the pupils and school staff and it was great to see how much the children had remembered from our last visit. Staff feedback  "Informative and detailed. This has...

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Althorpe and Keadby Primary School

Althorpe and Keadby Primary School

Staff feedback "Great session delivered in such a calm way. I like the emphasis on putting our scientists hats on. Lovely that even the youngest children remember you from the previous year. As PSHE Lead I can really see how SRE is building/developing having you in...

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Kirk Sandall Junior School

Kirk Sandall Junior School

It is good to have a second visit to Kirk Sandall Junior School and even though it has been a challenging 12 months it was good to see that the children had retained so much information from our last visit. With this being a Junior school we are able to do the vital...

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC Primary School

Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC Primary School

Like all good parents we shouldn’t have favourites, but we all enjoy going back to OLMC each year. We often quote them as the best example of faith schools who realise the importance of age appropriate RSE in keeping children safe healthy and happy. Their Head Teacher...

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Hutton Cranswick Community Primary School

Hutton Cranswick Community Primary School

Staff feedback "I thought it was great. It was clear and engaged the children, perfect amount of time for Year 1 children." Jamie Harrison, Year 1 Teaching Assistant. "Very good thanks - all very clear and professionally delivered." A Elliott, Year 5 Teacher. "Thank...

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Naburn Church of England Primary School

Naburn Church of England Primary School

We were invited to visit Naburn for the first time by the Head Teacher who had experienced BigTalk in his previous school. We received a warm welcome from the staff and and an enthusiastic group of parents. The children were attentive learners and welcomed the team...

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Ormiston South Parade Academy (Grimsby)

Ormiston South Parade Academy (Grimsby)

Lovely to visit Ormiston school again, this is our 5th annual visit. The vast majority of children were equally excited to see us again. The school had asked for a parent session in the morning and this was widely attended by parents who wanted to ensure they were...

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Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe

Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe

Oasis Nunsthorpe is the epitome of a community school and like many schools we have visited in the first part of this term has had its struggles with both teachers and pupils suffering from Covid. The staff team pulled together to ensure that the pupils all received...

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Bentley New Village Primary School

Bentley New Village Primary School

This was our 3rd visit to Bentley New Village Primary School. The support received from school staff was fantastic and the children were a real pleasure to work with.  Staff feedback  "Very calming and diplomatic approach to the scientific vocab that embarrasses...

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King Edward Primary School

King Edward Primary School

It was our fifth year visiting King Edward Primary School in Thorne and it is great to see that the children remember so much of what they have learnt in previous years. Each year we build on the last and the confidence of the children grows that bit more. This can...

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Parkgate House School (London)

Parkgate House School (London)

We have been travelling down to Clapham to visit Parkgate School every year since 2014 and each time it is a pleasure.  This year the staff and pupils were warm and welcoming as always. It is fabulous to have built up such a good relationship with the school over the...

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Pocklington Prep School

Pocklington Prep School

Having worked with Pocklington School since 2016 it is always a pleasure to return and see some familiar faces. The support we received from the parents and staff during our visit was fantastic, so thank you!  Parent feedback  "I really enjoyed this presentation, very...

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West Road Primary Academy (Moorends)

West Road Primary Academy (Moorends)

Once again we visited West Road Primary Academy and was made to feel very welcome by both staff and pupils. There was real evidence of the staffs increased confidence in talking to the children and answering their questions, which is fantastic! The children had...

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Hutton Cranswick Community Primary School

Hutton Cranswick Community Primary School

This was our 3rd visit to Hutton Cranswick. We worked with parents  staff and children and the feedback received was great! The children had  remembered much of what they had been taught last year which was fantastic and the increase in staff confidence was evident...

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