Engaging with parents to make RSE a success

Bankside Primary School is based in a diverse community in Leeds. Thanks to a careful approach to strengthening children’s relationship skills and strong parent engagement, pupils are learning about big issues in their community - like knife crime, consent and when a trusted adult becomes untrusted.

"We need to lay the foundations to prepare our pupils for the world they’ll grow up in. If they find themselves in danger or in an emotional crisis, they won’t worry about square roots or punctuation, they’ll need emotional resilience, self-awareness and the skills and understanding to form positive relationships." Kauser Jan, Assistant Head Teacher

The school has been running its RSE programme, Living and Growing for ten years. The programme is supported by a whole-school approach to teaching relationship skills, talking through difficult subjects with pupils and using restorative justice. Parent engagement has been key to making this programme work.

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