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08-06-2020 RSE Policy Consultation

8th June 2020

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

The Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education (RSE).

 

These changes will come into effect from September 2020 and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements.

 

This means that we’ll be 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/or disabilities

 

To embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, pupils need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy. Pupils can also put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. These subjects can support young people to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support.

 

Teaching about families requires sensitive and well-judged teaching based on knowledge of pupils and their circumstances. Families of many forms provide a nurturing environment for children. (Families can include for example, single parent families, LGBT parents, families headed by grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents/carers amongst other structures.)

 

We need your feedback to help us do this.

 

Here’s how you can help:

Ideally, we would have run a focus group to discuss the new policy and curriculum content but due to the current coronavirus restrictions, this is not possible at the moment. Therefore we have written a draft policy and curriculum plan which includes the current guidance. We would ask that parents read the policy carefully and email parents@whcps.org if you have any ideas, feedback or questions regarding the new changes by Friday 26th June. The draft policy outlines what we intend to cover within the curriculum and what children are expected to know at the end of primary school.

 

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing any feedback.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Mrs S Gooch

RSE Co-ordinator

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