Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) Parent Consultation
“Effective RSE does not encourage early sexual experimentation. It should teach young people to understand human sexuality and to respect themselves and others. It enables young people to mature, build their confidence and self-esteem and understand reasons for delaying sexual activity. Effective RSE also supports people throughout life to develop safe, fulfilling and healthy sexual relationships at the appropriate time.”
DfE Statutory Guidance for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
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 are in the process of 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/or disabilities
You will be aware that, as a part of your child’s educational experience at Stoke Fleming School, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives our children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.
What does the new guidance mean?
The new RSE 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 young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and will help them take responsibility for their own well-being.
How will this be delivered?
RSE is delivered as part of the PSHE curriculum. This guidance will form part of our school’s PSHE education programme which is taught throughout the school in weekly PSHE lessons. These are monitored and reviewed regularly by the staff and Governing Body.
All teaching in PSHE will take place in a safe learning environment and be underpinned by our school ethos and values. A variety of opportunities will be provided for pupils to ask questions to further their understanding and to find out more about what affects them personally.
What if I have questions?
To introduce parents to this concept and to ensure everyone is informed, we would like to review the draft policy and the statutory content of the relationships and sex education programme. The draft policy also contains important information for parents who may wish to withdraw their children from sex education classes. As a school community, we are committed to working with parents.
Here is the link to the form "RSE Parent Consultation":
We will be starting our consultation on 12.3.21, the consultation closes on 22.3.21.
Would you like support at home, on how to speak to your child about relationship and sex education?
Are there any additions that you think should be made to the RSE Policy?
Are there any additions that you think should be made to the RSE curriculum outline?
Are there aspects that you would like further information on?
Your views are important to us and we will respond to you with the outcome of this process later this term. Once we have considered all feedback, the draft updated Relationship and Sex Education Policy will be uploaded on the school’s website which will also set out the school’s curriculum and how you can feedback.