About Our Consultation
The Department for Education have introduced a new compulsory curriculum for Relationship and Sex Education. We are inviting parents and carers to take part in a consultation process to support our introduction of the revisions to our practice in the light of these curriculum guidelines.
In his introduction to the statutory guidance for the new curriculum, the Secretary of State for Education the following:
“In primary schools, we want the subjects to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy.
Teaching about mental wellbeing is central to these subjects, especially as a priority for parents is their children’s happiness…The new subject content will give them the knowledge and capability to take care of themselves and receive support if problems arise. All of this content should support the wider work of schools in helping to foster pupil wellbeing and develop resilience and character that we know are fundamental to pupils being happy, successful and productive members of society”.
For the most part, the guidance reflects our existing curriculum. There are some new topics, for example the teaching of some basic first aid, and a greater emphasis than before on online safety and healthy relationships, all of which we welcome. We are taking this opportunity to bring together some of the other aspects of the curriculum development work we have been doing over the past few years. These include our work on values, mindfulness, some aspects of CBT and Thinking Traps. We will also be tying in other areas of curriculum development to ensure our curriculum and resources are reflective of the protected characteristics listed in the 2010 Equalities Act, such as gender, disability, race, religion, culture and sexuality.
More information on these developments will follow as we finalise the details. In the first instance we are asking for feedback from parents and carers about specific features of the Relationship and Sex Education Curriculum. You can access the survey by following this link: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/rsheconsultation
As stated above, virtually all of the curriculum is statutory - this means that we have to teach it and children have to be in the lessons. On our website and on the attached document you can see in which year groups we are proposing to teach the different statements – we would like to know your views as to whether or not you think we have this right. (Note that parents and carers do have the right to withdraw their child from the non-statutory lessons relating to sex education in Year 6 that can be found under the "Changing Adolescent Bodies" area of the curriculum. However, we strongly recommend that children take part in these lessons - this is the age where children begin to ask questions and talk about these matters and it is important that children develop a proper understanding from a reliable source of information so that they do not begin to develop misconceptions).
We will use feedback from the survey to inform any revisions to the curriculum plan and to support the writing of a new Relationship and Sex Education Policy that we plan to take to the Governing Body in July. When completing the survey, you also can put yourself forward to take part in some consultation group meetings with other parents and carers later this term to help us finalise our policy and curriculum.
In this section of our website you can find:
- Our initial curriculum map showing when we propose to teach the lessons to address the different statements from the Relationship and Sex Education Statutory Guidance
- The Statutory Guidance for RSHE
- A link to the survey mentioned above
- All of the above work links to our teaching of certain character values to promote "values awareness". You can find information about that here.