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 offer a range of Primary and Secondary RSE training solutions to meet the needs of teachers, trainee teachers and other education professionals. Get in touch to see how we can help.
What themes are covered at what key stage?
- At age 3 (UK nursery) we teach the differences between boys and girls; naming body parts using the correct scientific words; the private areas of the body; and the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touches.
- At ages 4 to 6 (UK Reception, School Years 1 & 2 ) we reinforce and strengthen what was covered in Nursery. Using specially designed, child friendly resources and in a calm, open and fun environment, the children are taught how to identify happy situations within relationships, and those which may be risky (e.g., other children or adults taking improper photographs of them, inappropriate touches, exposure to unsuitable media etc.) Throughout the session children are encouraged to join in and reassured that they have people that they can talk to if they are worried.
- Ages 7 to 8 (School Year 3) the children are taught: the differences between boys and girls, naming body parts using the correct scientific words, and the private areas of the body. Using specially designed child friendly resources and in a calm, open, fun environment, children will be able to identify happy situations within relationships, and those which may be risky (e.g., other children or adults taking improper photographs of them, appropriate and inappropriate touches, exposure to unsuitable media etc.) Throughout the session children are encouraged to join in and reassured that they have people that they can talk to if they are worried.
- Ages 8 to 9 (School Year 4) we build on the Year 3 information and also cover different kinds of families, similarities and differences between boys and girls. We also include the emotional and physical changes of growing up (puberty), how babies are made, then develop in the womb etc. (reproduction). Also discussed is, how to look after our bodies and be safe and healthy.
- At ages 8 to 9 (School Year 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 an ovum and a 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.
(Information at this stage is vital to protect them as they move onto Secondary School and to provide an alternative information they may find on the internet.)
Can you help me deliver relationship and sex education in my school as I don’t think we can afford outside specialists?
- If you are a primary school then yes. Our resources are available to buy on-line 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. Contact us for more information.
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.
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 offer each of our schools access to our on-line age specific presentations. These are to be shared with School staff, parents and carers to give an introduction to BigTalk, our delivery and the resources used. Any questions which arise having watched these can be directed to our office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 received another warm welcome from the pupils and staff at Grange Primary. It is great to see that the children had remembered what had been delivered during our last visit and really good to have an opportunity to recap and build on this in line with their...
Our staff really enjoyed their visit to Scartho Junior Academy and fed back that they were made to feel very welcome by both the staff and pupils, so thank you! The pupils were an absolute pleasure to work with and showed great recall of information from our previous...
We first started supporting Wrawby St Mary's with the delivery of their RSE in 2015 and each time we visited we are greeted with the same warm welcome. The children are comfortable discussing topics around RSE which is great for their confidence and helps to keep...
We have supported Brownhill with the delivery of their RSE since 2018 and this has really helped to give their children the confidence to talk about relationships and their bodies without embarrassment. The staff team are supportive of our delivery which is fantastic...
This was our 1st visit to this lovely Primary School and hopefully not the last! The children responded really well to the sessions and the staff were really supportive which is great. We hope to return next year to build upon the foundations laid. Staff...
This was our 3rd visit to Westways Primary School and it was lovely to receive another warm welcome from the parents, carers, staff and pupils. It was great to see what the children had remembered from our previous visits.Parent feedback "Great to see exactly what...
We have been supporting Lincoln Gardens with the delivery of their RSE for 9 Years and each time we visit we receive a very warm welcome from the staff and the children! The children enjoy the sessions and are comfortable speaking about relationships and their bodies...
This was our 5th visit to this lovely York Primary School. We were made to feel very welcome on arrival and had some really positive sessions with the children. It was great to hear what had been remembered from our previous visits. We look forward to visiting next...
Our first visit to Rosedale was in 2015 and it is always a pleasure to return. Both staff and parents are supportive of our visits which are great for reinforcing the messages which help to keep the children healthy, safe and happy. Parent feedback "Pictures were...
Our first visit to Crosby was in 2016 and each time we return we receive a very warm welcome from both staff and pupils. The staff are very supportive of our delivery and the feedback received from this visit was very positive.Staff feedback "It was an appropriate and...
Our 5th visit to St Mary's Catholic Primary and what a pleasure it was. These annual visits are great for reinforcing the messages which help to keep the children healthy, safe and happy. Staff feedback "As always and excellent session. Everything was clear and...
We have been visiting this Catholic school for 6 years and we are always given a warm reception by both staff and pupils. The children responded well and showed that they had remembered the content of previous sessions by answering the questions raised and...
This was our third visit to Kirk Sandall Junior School and as always we received a warm welcome. The children were a pleasure to work with and participated in all the sessions. It was great to see what Year 3 had remembered from their sessions in Infants too. Staff...
Having worked with Sandringham Primary for the last 5 years the staff now have high levels of confidence in talking to the children about relationships, their bodies and reproduction. The children are comfortable using scientific language and happy to ask questions...
This was our second visit to Beacon Primary Academy. The children participated in all the sessions and showed good retainment of knowledge from our previous visit which is brilliant. We received such a warm welcome and look forward to continuing to support the school...
We were welcomed back to Hurst Green for our third visit in June 23. The teachers were very complimentary of our delivery and supportive of our sessions. We had a good turn out of parents at our morning parent session and received some very positive feedback. The...
We have been visiting this school for 7 years and each time we are welcomed back it is great to see what the children have remembered. Each visit we are building upon existing knowledge in line with the children's personal development needs. The school staff are...
We have been visiting Ormiston Meadows for Six Years and always receive a lovely welcome from staff and pupils alike. Having taken part in these sessions year on year the children speak confidently about their bodies using the correct scientific language. Teachers'...
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...