As a part of your child’s educational experience at Great Bradfords Junior School, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives children and young people the knowledge, under-standing, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.
The Department for Education has made changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation which will come into effect from September 2021 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found at:
The new 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 2021, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, will be statutory, and form part of the National Curriculum.
This means we have been reviewing our RSE 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 difference of opinion about this, we hope that by 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 like your views on:
- Our draft policy for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
- When and how certain content within this subject is covered.
What is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision for the school and consultation does not provide a parent veto on curriculum content as schools are legally required to teach the National Curriculum. The right to excuse from some lessons is explained in the FAQs which accompanies this letter.
We are currently in unprecedented times, which makes it a little more challenging to consult with you. To help you understand the curriculum requirements, I have placed information below which I would encourage you to read. This includes:
- a summary of what all pupils are expected to know by the end of primary school
- FAQ sheet
- Our proposed draft policy
- DfE guidance that outlines statutory guidance
- A PowerPoint presentation, which I cannot now share with you in person
- An anonymous questionnaire:
The Consultation Questions are as follows:
- Would you like support at home, on how to speak to your child about relationship and sex?
- Are there any changes or additions that you think should be made to the RSE Policy?
- Are there any changes or additions that you think should be made to the RSE Curriculum Outline?
- Thinking about relationships and sex education, what do you believe is the most important subject area that should be taught for different age groups/key stages and why?
- 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 questionnaire can be found here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=urxGysc5F0GqEKMZDVQrVHwMqSTchYFImc4V_DFhl5FUM1pHU0o0VzE0TzhZS0JXVzY3V0gxWjYxVy4u
The consultation will end at 17:00 on Tuesday 24th November 2020
Your views are very important to us and we will respond to you on the outcome of this process later this term. Once we have considered all the feedback, the draft policy will be updated and uploaded to the school’s website along with the approved curriculum offer.
I hope this letter and attached information goes some way to alleviate any worries that you may have. If you have any queries or concerns regarding the consultation process, do not hesitate to contact he school.