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STATUATORY CHANGES TO RELATIONSHIPS, HEALTH AND SEX EDUCATION

This consultation begins on Friday 28th May and will close on Monday 21st June.

 

Dear Parents and Carers,


As a part of your child’s educational experience at Holy Trinity Primary School, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.


As you may already be aware, the Department for Education announced changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation. These changes were due to come into effect from September 2020. Due to COVID 19 schools have been able to delay this until the summer term 2021. The statutory guidance can be found at:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education  

 

The new 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 summer term 2021, 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.


This means that we have been reviewing our RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:

  • Age
  • Physical and emotional maturity
  • Religious and cultural backgrounds
  • Special educational needs and disabilities

 

Consulting with you as parents will help to inform our decisionS on when and how certain content is covered, and enable us to reach a general consensus. Consequently, as part of our curriculum review we would appreciate your views on our draft policy for Relationships, Health and Sex Education (RHSE).

 

 

What is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision for the school and consultation does not provide a parental veto on curriculum content as schools are legally required to teach the National Curriculum. The right to withdraw children from some lessons is explained within the policy and FAQs which is on our website.


Please take the time to read our policy and  respond to the short survey below. 

 

 

This consultation will close on Monday 21st June.

Personal, Social and Health Education Subject Leader is Mrs Griffith

 

PSHE and RSE at Holy Trinity CE Primary

Our curriculum intent for PSHE and RSE is that every child will: 

  • develop a sound understanding of healthy relationships
  • gain knowledge to keep themselves healthy,
  • gain knowledge to make safe and informed decisions
  • develop their personal attributes that will contribute to their success throughout their life
  • know how and when to ask for help and support

 

Holy Trinity is committed to ensuring all children receive a comprehensive and age appropriate curriculum that offers opportunities for discussion and sharing. Recognising and celebrating differences is a key element to ensure our children are fully prepared for their life ahead. Teaching children about how to stay safe and healthy plays an important role in our curriculum.

 

The Curriculum is focused around 2 key areas:

Relationships Education:

  • Families and people who care for me
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe

 

Physical health and mental wellbeing:

 

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and prevention
  • Basic first aid
  • Changing adolescent body

 

How does PSHE and RSE fit into our School Vision?

To be an inspirational place of learning where

Vision statement:

PSHE & RSE links/actions:

We facilitate opportunities so every child can flourish in a place where they feel safe, happy and confident.

 

  • Ensure online safety is planned and delivered effectively and regularly in every year group
  • Pupils that are in need of additional pastoral and nurture support have access to the ELSA in the Pastoral Hub
  • P4C discussions in each class offer a safe environment to share opinions and discuss issues
  • Provide opportunities with outside agencies to develop pupils’ awareness of safety – online safety and behaviours, fire safety, road safety, First Aid
  • Life skills are planned termly so that pupils have opportunities to develop personal attributes such as independence and resilience

Staff wellbeing and professional development is valued and supported in order to fulfil their roles, inspire others and experience personal fulfilment.

 

  • Provide CPD for staff in new requirements of RSE curriculum
  • Ensure resources are easy to use and relevant

 

The school provides facilities that enable an optimum learning environment.

  • Ensure pupils have access to high quality resources
  • Ensure pupils have access to a secure, safe internet that allows them to access information they need to support their learning but in a very controlled, safe environment
  • Develop the playground environment for all pupils to provide them with opportunities to develop their social skills and relationships

The school plays a central role within our community and enjoys strong links with the church, local companies and other schools.

  • Consult parents on the RSE policy and curriculum provision
  • Forge links with other PSHE subject leaders across the local cluster

 

 

 

 


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