At Urchfont Primary School, RSE is currently and will continue to be taught through Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons using the Jigsaw programme. For schools in England, the Jigsaw is fully compliant with the statutory relationships and health education guidance (2019).
From September 2020, RSE and Health Education forms part of the National Curriculum. This means we have needed to, as a school, review our curriculum and policy so we can ensure our provision is appropriate for our pupils in terms of: age, physical and emotional maturity, religious and cultural background and special educational needs and disabilities.
From September 2020, Relationships, along with Health Education, will be statutory, and form part of the National Curriculum. For Secondary schools Sex Education will also become statutory. However, the DfE continue to recommend that all primary schools should have a sex education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils. Where schools provide sex education at key stages 1 and 2, parents will have the right to withdraw their child from sex education but not from statutory Relationships Education, Health Education or what is taught in the Science National curriculum.
This means that we have been reviewing our RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:
Physical and emotional maturity
Religious and cultural backgrounds
Special educational needs and disabilities
Whilst I am sure that there will be differences of opinion about this, we hope that consulting with you will help to inform our schools’ 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 draft policy for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).
What is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision for the school and consultation does not provide a parental veto on curriculum content as schools are legally required to teach the National Curriculum. The right to withdraw children from some lessons is explained within the policy and FAQs which is on our website.
Your views are very important to us and we will respond to you on the outcome of this process later this term. The link to the consultation questionnaire can be found here.