School relationship and sex education programmesBigTalk 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?
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
RSE in Special Schools
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?
- 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?
- At present RSE Policies should be in accordance with the Department for Education guidelines published in February 2019 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education
- As from September 2020. Relationship & Sex Education will be statutory in all Schools .
- 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?
- In its 2013 Report PSHE, Not Yet Good Enough Ofsted were quite explicit about what they expected to see in Schools.
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"High quality delivery which is completely age appropriate, also includes e-safety, transgender, gay, lesbian – essential knowledge."
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."
"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."
"I think this is fantastic. The age appropriateness makes it not OTT but gives them the right information which is so important."
"Great idea, this should've been implemented years ago! Nice, relaxed delivery, very good!"
BigTalk Education Case Studies
We have been working with Howden Juniors since 2015 which is really evident when working with their children. They have a high levels of confidence in talking about relationships, their bodies and risky situations which is a great basis for keeping them safe. The...
This was our third visit to Howden Infants. Parents and staff were welcoming of our visit and it is great to see how the children are now able to use the correct scientific vocabulary which helps them to stay safe. Staff feedback "A wonderful talk, very appropriate...
We have been visiting this school since 2018. Each year it is great to come back and see what the children have remembered and build upon this in line with their personal development needs. The school staff have high levels of confidence in talking to the children...
We received our 3rd warm welcome from the staff and children at Scartho Junior Academy this year. The children moving up from the infants are remembering what they have learnt in previous years and are showing that they are keen to build on this and further develop...
Another warm welcome was received from the staff, parents and pupils at Norton Junior School. This is our 8th visit in 8 years and it is great to see how much the children always remember from our previous visits. It is great to hear the pupils talk about body...
We are always greeted with such a warm welcome from both the staff and pupils at Oasis Academy. This is our 5th visit in 5 years and it is great to see the retention of existing knowledge from our previous visits. Their knowledge of RSE is great and their confidence...
This was our first visit to this Lincolnshire Primary School in the lovely village of Scotter. The staff and pupils were very welcoming and the parents who came to find out about our deliver were very supportive of our efforts to work with the School to help keep...
This was our 7th annual visit to Bowmandale Primary. It is so nice to hear the pupils using scientific vocabulary with ease and without embarasment showing that regular visits are so valuable. The children are comfortable talking about their bodies and the staff are...
Another warm welcome from the staff and pupils at Argyle House School. It was great to return to build upon the foundations set out during our last visit. Staff feedback "A lovely comfortable atmosphere created where children felt comfortable to answer...
This was our first visit to Bushfield Infant School and what a warm welcome we received from staff, pupils and the parents. We hope to return next year to build upon the work we have done.Parent feedback "I feel much better about talking about it now." R. Marsh,...
This is our 6th annual visit to Kingfisher Primary and once again we received a warm welcome from pupils, staff and parents. Parents are supportive of the Growing up Safe programme which is great. It is evident that the staff are keen to support the pupils in RSE and...
We have have visited this school annually since 2017 and it is evident that the children have had annual RSE as they have retained vital information which continues to help them to stay healthy, happy and safe. The staff are really supportive and confident in speaking...
BigTalk have been visiting this school annually for 9 years which is evident in the pupils knowledge of their bodies and keeping safe. The staff have high levels of confidence in talking to the children about relationships, their bodies and reproduction which...
We were once again given a really warm welcome by the staff and pupils at Pocklington School. We have visited annually since 2016 and this is evident when working with the pupils as they have excellent knowledge of RSE and how to keep safe. Thank you, we look forward...
We have been visiting this school since 2018 and it is really evident when working with their children as their knowledge of how to keep safe and avoid risky situations is great. St Peter's staff also have high levels of confidence in talking to the children about...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...