What about Relationships and Sex Education at Primary level?

It is our opinion that Relationships and Sex Education is for older learners; younger children should be supported to understand puberty and human reproduction in Years 5 and 6, ideally through collaboration with the School Nursing Service. In close communication with parents and carers, schools may wish to deliver sessions on menstruation during year 4. Primary education plays a vital role in creating opportunities to explore key values for healthy and respectful relationships such as boundaries, consent and empathy and personal responsibility as well as challenging gender stereotypes and introducing topics such as the life stages and diversity within families units including single and co-parenting families, step families and half siblings, same-sex parents and multi-generational families.