RSE Policy Consultation
Friday 9th October 2020
Dear Parents & Carers,
As a part of your child's educational experience at Westgate Primary School, we aim to promote personal well-being 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 come into effect this academic year and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirement s. The statutory guidance can be found at https:/ / www.gov.uk/government / publications/ relationships-education-relationships-andsex-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 to help them take responsibility for their own wellbeing.
Consequently, 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 t heir:
- Physical and emotional maturity
- Religious and cultural backgrounds
- Special educational needs and disabilities
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 welcome your views on:
- Our draft policy for Relationship s and Sex Education (RSE}
- When and how certain content within this subject is covered.
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 in the draft policy.
We are currently in unprecedented times however as a school community, which makes it a little more challenging to consult with you. To help you understand the curriculum requirements, I have placed information on our website which I would encourage you to read. This includes:
- summary of what all pupils are expected to know by the end of primary school,
- Our proposed draft RSE Policy
- DfE guidance that outlines statutory requirements.
Staff and governors have been consulted on content of the draft policy and it is now at stage to be presented to parents for your comments.
Westgate Primary School will be starting their consultation process on Friday 9th October and the consultation will close on the first day back after the half-term holiday (2nd November).
If you have any comments concerning the draft policy please email them to Mr. Watson at email@example.com or speak to Mrs. Tyrell (PSHE Coordinator) or Mr. Watson. 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 updated Relationships and Sex Education Policy will be uploaded to the school 's website which will also set out the proposed curriculum.
If you have any queries or concerns regarding the consultation process, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Westgate Primary School