Relationships, Sex and Health Education
At Hildenborough CE Primary School, we believe that promoting the health and wellbeing of our pupils is an extremely important part of their overall education. We do this through our Personal, Social, Health & Economic education curriculum (PSHE), which is taught weekly in every class from Year 1 to Year 6, and daily as part of the EYFS curriculum in Year R. This is taught through 3 main themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world.
As you may be aware the Department for Education has announced changes to Relationships and Sex education following nationwide consultation. These changes came into effect from September 2020 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. However, due to COVID 19, schools have been able to delay this until the summer term 2021. The statutory guidance can be found below if you would like to read it in full.
The guidance focuses 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, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own well-being.
Consequently, from September 2020, Relationships, along with Health Education, will be statutory, and form part of the National Curriculum. For Secondary schools Sex Education will also become statutory. However, the DfE continue to recommend that all primary schools should have a sex education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils. Where schools provide sex education at key stages 1 and 2, parents will have the right to withdraw their child from sex education but not from statutory Relationships Education, Health Education or what is taught in the Science National curriculum.
To introduce parents to the proposed changes and to ensure everyone is well informed we would like to invite you to read the following key documents:
- Relationships, Sex and Health Education Policy (Draft)
- PSHE (including RSHE) Curriculum Breakdown
These documents are available below, along with a range of other useful resources which we feel will provide you with a better insight of the statutory changes.
Our intention was to conduct a consultation in person; however, in light of the Covid 19 pandemic, this will not be possible. Your input and views are greatly valued and in order to provide your feedback to this consultation, we would like to ask you to complete the RSHE Parent Consultation Survey by clicking here. You can also email any urgent queries to Rachel Forward (via email at firstname.lastname@example.org), who will be happy to arrange a telephone discussion if required.
The consultation period will be open from Friday 26th February until Friday 12th March 2021. We look forward to receiving your feedback and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.