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:
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:
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.
Personal, Social and Health Education Subject Leader is Mrs Fargher
PSHE and RSE at Holy Trinity CE Primary
Our curriculum intent for PSHE and RSE is that every child will:
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:
Families and people who care for me
Physical health and mental wellbeing:
How does PSHE and RSE fit into our School Vision?
To be an inspirational place of learning where:
PSHE & RSE links/actions:
We facilitate opportunities so every child can flourish in a place where they feel safe, happy and confident.
Staff wellbeing and professional development is valued and supported in order to fulfil their roles, inspire others and experience personal fulfilment.
The school provides facilities that enable an optimum learning environment.
The school plays a central role within our community and enjoys strong links with the church, local companies and other schools.