As a part of your child’s educational experience at St Luke’s CE Primary, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives children and young people the knowledge, under-standing, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.
As you may be already aware, the Department for Education has announced changes to relationship and sex education following nationwide consultation. These changes come into effect from September 2020. Due to Covid schools will be required to comply with the updated requirement by the Summer term.
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 and wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give 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 and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, will be statutory, and form part of the National Curriculum. This means that we have been reviewing our RSE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:
- Physical and emotional maturity
- Religious and cultural backgrounds
- Special educational needs and disabilities
Whilst we are sure that there will be differences of opinion about this, we hope consulting with you will help to inform our schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is covered, and enable us to reach a general consensus. As part of our curriculum review we would welcome your views on:
- Our draft policy for PSHE including RSE
- When and how certain content with this subject is covered
- What is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision for the school and many parts of the curriculum content are legally required to be taught. The right to withdraw children from some lessons is explained in the policy
As school community, we are currently in unprecedented times which make it a little more challenging to consult with you. To help you understand the curriculum requirements, we have placed information on our website which we would encourage you to read. We have also included a survey which we would like you to complete.
Your views are very important to us and we will respond to you on the outcome of this process by the end of the Summer term. Once we have considered all the feedback, the finalised (PSHE) Relationships and Sex Education Policy will be uploaded on the school’s website which will also set out the proposed curriculum.
We hope this information goes some way to answer any questions you may have. If you have any queries or concerns regarding the consultation process, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Once you have read the draft policy please could you complete our survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAtJZDi-0EMyRPzaFidkyOCVoOW2jpeULNKC9yZR06xjwvMQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0