Relationships and Sex Education (RSE):
As part of your child’s education experience at West Row Academy, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives our pupils the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and full-filled lives, both now and in the future.
The Department for Education has made changes to relationship and sex education following nationwide consultation which came into effect from September 2020 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. Due to COVID19, schools have been able to delay this until the summer term 2021. The statutory guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education
The 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 help them take responsibility for their own well-being.
Consequently, from September 2020, Relationships, along with Health Education, will be statutory, and form part of the National Curriculum. Therefore, we have reviewed our RSE curriculum and policy so that we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for all pupils based on their:
· Physical and emotional maturity
· Religious and cultural backgrounds
· Special educational needs and disabilities
In order to enable our RSE curriculum to reflect our community, we consulted with parents, staff and governors to inform the schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is delivered.
The consultation questions were as follows:
1. Would you like support at home, on how to speak to your child about relationships and sex?
2. Are there any changes or additions that you think should be made to the RSE policy?
3. Are there any changes or additions that you think should be made to the RSE Curriculum Overview?
4. Thinking about relationships and sex education, what do you think is the most important subject area that should be taught for different age groups/key stages and why?
5. Thinking about relationships and sex education, is there an area that you think should not be taught for different age groups/key stages and why?
The consultation enabled us to reach a general consensus and we adjusted our policy and curriculum based on this feedback.
To help you understand the curriculum requirements, please look at the information below which provides more detail.
Please find below:
· West Row Academy’s policy for RSE
· Eastern Multi Academy Trust’s policy for RSE
· DFE guidance for RSE
· Help guide for parents on RSE
· Consultation letter
· Summary of findings from consultation
· PSHE curriculum
· RSE curriculum overview
· Outline of what is expected for children to know by the end of primary school
· Information ppt on RSE at West Row Academy