The Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education (RSE) following a nationwide consultation. These changes were supposed to come into effect from September 2020, but due to current circumstances and unprecedented times, they will be fully in place by the Summer Term 2021.
The new RSE guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It 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 wellbeing. Therefore, from the Summer Term 2021, Relationships and Sex Education, along with Health Education, will be statutory and form part of the National Curriculum.
The Senior Leadership Team, together with Governors, have been reviewing our RSE curriculum and identifying in what subjects we teach certain areas of RSE to ensure that our provision is appropriate for all our pupils based on their age, physical and emotional maturity, religious and cultural backgrounds, special educational needs and disabilities.
Whilst there may be slight differences of opinion on the teaching of RSE, we hope that by consulting with you your views will have informed our school’s decision making process.
Below you will be able to see the parent responses to the consultation and how we have responded as a school. Thank you to you for your participation.