As part of your child’s educational experience at Upton Heath C of E Primary School, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) that gives our children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives now and in the future.
You may be aware that the Department for Education announced changes to relationships and sex education following a nationwide consultation. These changes were due to come into effect from September 2020, but due to COVID-19, the statutory changes now come into effect in September 2021 and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found at Relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The new guidance focusses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, well-being and safeguarding. Consequently, from September 2021, RELATIONSHIPS EDUCATION and HEALTH EDUCATION (RSHE)1 will be statutory. As a primary school, Relationships and Sex education, except for those elements covered under the Science curriculum will remain at the discretion of the school.
This means we have been reviewing our RSE education and policy so we can be sure that we are meeting the statutory expectations and that by consulting with you will help our school’s decisions around some of the content and how it is taught. Consequently, as part of our review, we would like your views on:
- Our draft policy for Relationships, Sex and Relationships and Health Education (RSHE)
- When and how certain content within Sex and Relationship Education (growing and changing) is covered.
What is taught, and how is ultimately a decision for the school and consultation does not provide a parental veto on curriculum content as some content is a statutory requirement. The right to withdraw children from some lessons is explained in the FAQs which can be found in the draft policy.