The Department for Education introduced compulsory Relationships and Health Education for primary children from September 2020. The purpose of these subjects is to support all young people to be happy, healthy and safe – to equip them for adult life and to help support children to make a positive contribution to society. There is no legal requirement for schools to teach sex education but the government recommends children learn about some key areas before they leave primary school.
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 and safeguarding. 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. As part of our PSHE/RSHE curriculum we have ensured that all of our curriculum is in line with the statutory requirements for all primary aged pupils. We use the Kapow PSHE and RSHE scheme for learning.
As part of this, all schools are required to consult with parents when developing and reviewing their policies for Relationships, Sex and Health Education, which will inform decisions on when and how certain content is covered. As we have recently changed our scheme for PSHE and RSHE we thought it would be a great opportunity to consult with parents/carers. Effective engagement gives the space and time for parents/carers to input, ask questions, share concerns and for the school to decide on the best way forward for our children. Whilst I am sure that there will be differences of opinion about this, we hope that consulting with you will help to inform our school's 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 new proposed policy for Relationships, Sex and Heath Education and would be grateful if you would complete the following questionnaire.
We would very much appreciate you taking the time to take part in the questionnaire.