The department for education has announced changes to what it requires school's to deliver as part of relationships and sex education (RSE). Implementation of these changes has been delayed due to the Covid Pandemic and now become statutory and all schools must comply with them in preparation for the 2021/22 academic year. As a result the school will be running a consultation period from 7th June 2021 to 28th June and two drop in sessions, detailed below. Following these the school's policies will be finalised and communicated.
To prepare for this we have been reviewing our personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum and our RSE policy. This is so that we can ensure that our PSHE and RSE curriculums are appropriate for our children based on their:
- Physical and emotional maturity
- Religious and cultural backgrounds
- Special educational needs and/or disabilities
The new guidance requires that at primary level schools deliver: relationships and health education to all pupils as part of the new legislation. A summary of the requirements for the end of primary school in these 2 elements can be found below with the parent's letter. To deliver these elements we have reviewed our PSHE curriculum so that all statutory elements for relationships and health education are included.
This is also an opportune moment to review the content of our RSE curriculum and policy. There is no statutory requirement for primary schools to deliver sex education as part of RSE, however St Erth School provides sex education to support parents in fulfilling their responsibility for educating their children and to prepare them for secondary school in which sex education is statutory. If parents are not happy with what the school provides in its curriculum with regard to sex education, they have a right to withdraw their child/children from those aspects of sex and relationships education not covered by:
- The National Curriculum Science Order (NCSO)
- The statutory guidance for Relationships and Health statutory guidance
Parents have the opportunity to offer and discuss their thoughts with staff. Therefore we will be arranging 2 open sessions where parents can drop in and discuss the content of either the PSHE or RSE curriculum and policy with staff. At these sessions the resources and lesson plans that will be used to deliver both curriculums will also be available.
These sessions will take place on Thursday June 17th and Wednesday June 23rd, parents can attend between 2:30pm – 4:00pm. These sessions will take place in the school cabin, further details on Covid safe measures will be shared nearer the time. Should you be unable to attend either of these sessions or prefer to let us know your views via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The schools PSHE policy and RSE policy can be found below, as well as a copy of the parents letter with the statutory elements attached.