RSHE

Find out how we teach relationship and sex education here at Pot Kiln. 

As a part of your child’s educational experience at Pot Kiln 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 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 already be aware, the Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation. 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 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.


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

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

 

Whilst I am sure that there will be differences of opinion about this, we hope that 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. 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.


As a school community, we are still currently in unprecedented times which makes it a little more challenging to consult with you. To help you understand the curriculum requirements, I have attached the units of work for each year group and another sheet which aims to respond to the questions that I anticipate might be asked. I have also included:

  • FAQ sheet,
  • Our proposed draft Policy for Relationships, Health and Sex Education
  • DfE guidance that outlines statutory requirements
  • A link to an anonymous Consultation Questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YDTDVV7

This consultation questionnaire will close on Wednesday 3rd May 2021. I look forward to gathering your views and opinions.
 

Your views are very important to us and we will respond to you on the outcome of this process later this term. Once we have considered all the feedback, the finalised Relationships, Health and Sex Education Policy will be uploaded to the school’s website which will also set out the proposed curriculum.