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?
- 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?
- 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
The confidence of the teaching staff was already strong at 81% when we came this year, which is great to see as this was our sixth year of delivering the Growing Up Safe Whole School Approach. Despite it being one of our longest standing schools on the programme its...
It was our third year visiting Brigg Primary School and it was great to meet some of the parents of the younger children in the school who came along for the first time. Confidence levels of teaching staff and parents have been consistently high which is great! Parent...
The increases in confidence we saw from teaching staff and parents were phenomenal in our first visit to St Joseph's in Retford. Parent feedback "Friendly and approachable deliverers. Good presentation and visuals to accompany the talk. I feel confident and happy...
This year was our first visit to Enfield Academy and it was great to see such positive increases in staff confidence as a result, thank you to everyone in school for making us so welcome. Parents' feedback "Very informative, I didn't know what to expect, but now I...
It was great to see the 30 parents and guardians that came along to our parents year at St Marie's Catholic Primary School in Sheffield. We met some parents whose children were new to the school, as well as some we had met before that came along for a refresher on how...
It was great to see that the levels of confidence of staff and parents had remained high from our first visit last year at Saint Augustine Webster, now in the high 90s following our second visit. Parents' feedback "Very informative and interesting, glad to know this...
Visiting Yarborough Academy for the first time, our team received a warm welcome with 20 parents and carers attending our parents meeting along with all teaching staff. Parent confidence in talking to their children about keeping safe rising by 24% and staff...
Heatherwood is a coeducational special school for pupils who have severe learning difficulties and additional profound and complex physical / medical needs. With multiple visits to the school our team paced the sessions to the pupils abilities, working closely with...
The motto at Manor Lodge Primary is 'learning for life' and we think that our Growing Up Safe sessions are some of the most important lessons the children we work with will learn in life. Parent feedback "Thank you for explaining what will happen with the children,...
There is nothing more our team love, than coming away from a parent's session knowing we are leaving every single parent or carer 100% confident about talking to their children about keeping safe, their bodies and reproduction. Parents' feedback "I found that the...
Parents and staff at Holme Valley Primary School in Scunthorpe now have high levels of confidence in talking to the children about relationships, their bodies and reproduction. Parents' feedback " I have been in BigTalk Education sessions at the school I work at, was...
Feedback from the teaching staff at St Joseph and St Teresa's was incredibly positive, with the staff reporting 100% confidence following our visit. It is brilliant to see such an important subject being embraced so wholeheartedly by a school community. Staff feedback...
One of the aims of Morton Trentside Primary School is "to develop every individual so they have the skills, attributes and understanding required to make positive decisions about their lives." By equipping their pupils with the knowledge from our Growing Up Safe...
Scunthorpe C of E is one of our most diverse schools, situated in the town centre and home to over 20 nationalities. The teaching and support staff are incredibly supportive, having worked with the BigTalk Education team for over 4 years through the Growing Up Safe :...
The parents' at Howden Junior's are always incredibly engaged and this year was no exception, with over 20 attending this years' parents session. Staff's self assessment in confidence took a huge leap this year with confidence more than doubling. Parents' feedback...
During our session with parent's at St John's we saw confidence levels double. With confidence levels above 90% for both parents and staff, the work we have done in school will be supported throughout the year. Parents' feedback "I feel more confident that the...
The motto at Kirton Lindsey is 'where young minds shine' and their key aim is to support every single child to embrace their individuality and achieve all they are capable of. BigTalk Education are proud to support the school and deliver award winning relationship and...
Travelling down to Peterborough to visit Eye Primary is always a pleasure and this year was no exception. It is fabulous to have 100% parent confidence in speaking to their children about relationships, their bodies and reproduction. Parents' feedback "Really...