A letter has been sent to parents/carers today, Tuesday 11th May 2021, explaining the Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education following a nationwide consultation. From September 2020, it is a statutory requirement for schools in England and Wales to teach Relationship and Health Education. Due to COVID 19 schools have been able to delay this until the summer term 2021.
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.
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.
As part of implementing the RSHE curriculum, schools must consult with the children, parents, staff and governors to ensure there is a general consensus on our approaches to policy and the curriculum content.
We ask parents, staff and governors to read through the following documents and make comments on them. The documents that you are asked to read as part of the consultation will be:
Once we have considered all the feedback, the finalised Relationships, Sex and Health Education Policy will be uploaded to the school’s website which will also set out the proposed curriculum.
I hope this letter and information on the school website goes some way to answer any questions you may have. Your views are very important to us, if you have any queries or concerns regarding the consultation process, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Moor Nook Primary School will be starting their consultation process on Tuesday 11th May 2021; the consultation will close on the Friday 14th May 2021.
If you wish to carry out further reading around RSE, the following documents may be of use to you: Government Guidance along with frequently asked questions.