Relationship & Sex Education

Relationship & Sex Education

Expanse Learning Wigan School believe in fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment that equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary for navigating healthy relationships and understanding the importance of comprehensive sex education. 

Our curriculum addresses topics such as consent, communication, and respect. We create a safe space where students feel comfortable discussing these crucial aspects of life, guided by our teachers who prioritise sensitivity and openness. By providing comprehensive Relationships and Sex Education, we aim to empower our students to make informed choices, cultivate respectful relationships, and navigate the complexities of adolescence with confidence and understanding. Together, we foster an atmosphere that promotes lifelong well-being and positive interpersonal connections.

Our teachers deliver the content in a way that is age and developmentally appropriate and sensitive to the needs and religious background of our students. 

We welcome any comments and feedback from parents and please do get in touch with school reception if you would like to view or obtain copies of our curriculum materials. 



Parents rights to withdraw their child from Sex Education from September 2020

The statutory guidance for RSE and Health Education will came into effect in all secondary schools from 2020. In secondary education parents have the following rights:

  • Parents will not be able to withdraw their child from any aspect of Relationships Education or Health Education.
  • Parents will be able to withdraw their child (following discussion with the school) from any or all aspects of Sex Education, other than those which are part of the science curriculum, up to and until three terms before the age of 16.
  • After that point, the guidance states that ‘if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school should make arrangements to provide the child with sex education during one of those terms.
  • Where pupils are withdrawn from sex education, schools should document the process and will have to ‘ensure that the pupil receives appropriate, purposeful education during the period of withdrawal.
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