You may know that from September 2020, the Government has decided that all primary age children will be taught Relationships and Health Education (RHE), although they have given schools some flexibility on when they fully implement the new curriculum until summer term 2021 due to the disruptions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
These subjects, which we will teach via our Personal, Social, Health & Economic (PSHE) education curriculum, are designed to equip your child with knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a happy and successful adult life. For many years now, we have covered the vast majority of the topics and themes which the Government is now asking all schools to deliver. This has been done through our PSHE education programme and REAL curriculum, which is an important part of our approach to developing the whole child.
As part of our preparation to deliver these new requirements, we have worked hard to make sure that the resources and materials that we will use to do this are right for both our children and our school community. As required by the Government, we have consulted with parents and carers on our approach to this, specifically around our Relationships Education curriculum and policy.
The idea of the consultation exercise was to give you a chance to see how we have interpreted the statutory guidance, for you to ask us any questions and for us to gain your feedback. We held several working party meetings which had members of our school community including parents. We have also held parent meetings to allow parents to look at our draft RSE Policy which gives all the information needed about our approach to Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) and some of the ‘Yasmin and Tom’ resources we planned to use. Within the appendix of this policy, there is an overview of our PSHE curriculum which will give more information about the themes and topics covered across the school years. The other documents (links at the bottom of this page) are designed to give you further information and guidance about these changes- in particular, please refer to the ‘RSE Primary Schools Guide for Parents’ and the ‘DfE RSE PSHE FAQs’ documents as these will provide you with information regarding the background to the changes from the Government.
We would like to thank all of our stakeholders for their input in to the consultation of this process and being open and honest which has made it easier for us to put together our policy and resources which we hope will support the children in their learning.