Relationships, Sex and Health Education at Cale Green Primary School
CONSULTATION PERIOD 23.6.21 - 7.7.21
From September 2020, all primary schools must teach Relationships and Health Education. The teaching of Sex Education in primary schools remains non-statutory, with the exception of the elements of sex education contained in the science national curriculum (including the main external body parts, the human life cycle, understanding the changes experienced during puberty, menstrual wellbeing and reproduction in some plants and animals).
Within the statutory guidance document for RSE and Health Education, the DfE also encourages schools to deliver age-appropriate sex education if they feel their pupils need this information:
“It will be for primary schools to determine whether they need to cover any additional content on sex education to meet the needs of their pupils. Many primary schools already choose to teach some aspects of sex education and will continue to do so, although it is not a requirement…’’
“It is important that the transition phase before moving to secondary school supports pupils’ ongoing emotional and physical development effectively. The Department continues to recommend therefore that all primary schools should have a sex education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils. It should ensure that both boys and girls are prepared for the changes that adolescence brings and – drawing on knowledge of the human life cycle set out in the national curriculum for science - how a baby is conceived and born.”
DEFINING RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION AND SEX EDUCATION
Relationships Education is defined as teaching about the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and respectful relationships with other children and adults.
Sex Education is defined as teaching children how human reproduction occurs, including how a baby is conceived. This draws on knowledge of the human life cycle set out in the national curriculum for science.
RATIONALE AND ETHOS
RSE is lifelong learning about personal, physical, moral and emotional development set within the context of clear values about the understanding of the importance of healthy, respectful and loving relationships.
At Cale Green, RSE is underpinned by the ethos and values of our school as reflected in our whole school mission statement, “Learning and Living Together”. Our vision is to create a caring, safe, kind, aspirational and stimulating environment in which all members of the school community learn and grow in confidence, knowledge and skills. Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world, living their lives seamlessly both on, and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. We believe the curriculum is relevant and appropriate for the challenges and contexts of 21st century life.
The statutory guidance can be found at:
We have reviewed our RSE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our provision is appropriate for our children based on their:
- Physical and emotional maturity
- Religious and cultural backgrounds
- Special educational needs and disabilities
As part of this process, the school has consulted with the local authority, staff and governors to help inform our decisions on when and how certain content is covered. Over the next two weeks, we would like to extend this consultation period to parents / carers.
How do I get involved in the RSE consultation?
There are two documents to read. These documents are school website along with the schemes of work:
- Parent Consultation PowerPoint
- Draft Relationships and Sex Education policy 2021
Once you have read the Parent Consultation PowerPoint and policy, please click on the link below to complete the short survey. The consultation period will last for two weeks and ends on Wednesday 7th July:
All responses will be recorded and shared with families in the autumn term.
Where can I find the RSE policy, Parent Consultation Powerpoint and Schemes of work?
The draft PSHE and RSE policies, schemes of work and a copy of this letter can be found on the school website: Curriculum tab –RSE.