Sex Education


The Education Act 1996, as amended by the Learning and Skills Act 2000, requires head teachers and governing bodies to have regard to national guidance on Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in schools and to protect children from unsuitable teaching and materials. Under the Children Act 2004, schools have a duty to promote the well-being of their pupils and good quality SRE contributes to this duty.


SRE topics are taught through the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum Science Orders, which are mandatory for all primary and secondary age students, and through well-planned Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education.


Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from all or some of the SRE provided outside of the National Curriculum.


At George Washington Primary School, we feel it is vital that children learn to talk about their feelings, their bodies, their relationships and to develop self-confidence from an early age.  Below is an overview of what will be taught in each year at our school:

Sex and Relationship Education at GWPS
  • Families
  • Good / bad touching
  • Saying “no”
  • Where to go
Year One
  • Friendship
  • Good / bad touching
  • Saying “no”
  • Where to go
Year Two
  • Families
  • Role models
Year Three
  • Conflict and resolution within close relationships
  • Animal babies (developing and growing)
Year Four
  • Role models and the media
  • Human babies (developing and growing)
Year Five
  • Falling in / out
  • Puberty
  • Changing emotions
Year Six
  • Sex education
  • Changing friendships
  • ‘Coming out’
  • Role models and the media / Body image
  • Same sex parents