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Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

As a part of your child's educational experience at Audlem St. James CE 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, 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 has announced changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation. These changes came into effect from September 2020 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found on the government website by clicking here.

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 and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, is statutory, and forms 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:

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

    As part of this process, the school are consulting with parents, staff and governors to help inform our schools' decisions on when and how certain content is covered.

    The Consultation Questions are as follows:

    1. Would you like support, at home, on how to speak to your child about relationships and sex?
    2. Having read the RSE Policy we have sent to you, are there any changes or additions that you think should be made to the RSE Policy?
    3. If yes, please explain the changes or additions you think should be made to the RSE Policy.
    4. Having read the RSE Curriculum (Appendix 1 — Curriculum map within the RSE Policy document), are there any changes or additions that you think should be made to the RSE Curriculum?
    5. If yes, please explain the changes or additions you think should be made to the RSE Curriculum.
    6. Thinking about the areas the government say children should know by the end of Primary School (Appendix 2 within the RSE Policy document), are there any areas you feel should be a priority to be taught for different age groups/key stages?
    7. Which year groups do you currently have children in at Audlem St James Primary School?

    This consultation will enable us to reach a general consensus and allow us to make any necessary adjustments to our policy and curriculum based on the feedback.

    The right to withdraw children from some lessons is explained in the FAQs which is attached to this page.

    To help you understand the curriculum requirements, please look at the information attached to this page which provides more detail. They include:

    • A summary of what all pupils are expected to know by the end of primary school
    • A presentation for parents (saved as a PDF) which gives an overview of RSHE and the rationale behind the curriculum changes
    • The school FAQ sheet
    • A FAQ sheet from the government
    • Our policy for Relationships, Sex and Health Education
    • DfE guidance that outlines statutory requirements

    You may also find the FAQ page on the government website very useful. Click here to view this.

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