Relationships and Sex Education
As part of your child’s educational experience at Nene Valley Primary School, we aim to promote personal well-being and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health Education based on the Cambridgeshire scheme of work. This gives children and young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives both now and in the future.
As you may be aware the Department for Education has announced changes to Relationships and Sex Education following a nationwide consultation. These changes were due to come into effect in September 2020. Due to current circumstances this has been delayed to the Summer Term of 2021 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education
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, fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own well-being. Consequently Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) along with Health Education will be statutory, and form part of the National Curriculum.
This means that 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 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. To this end we are asking parents to complete the following questionnaire to share your views on our provision. Please complete the survey that was emailed to all parents on Thursday 11th February 2021.
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. As a result, 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 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 in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.
As we are still in these difficult times and holding meetings in school is not possible, it makes it a little more challenging to consult with you. To help you understand the curriculum requirements please follow the links below which we would encourage you to read.
Nene Valley Primary School will be starting our consultation on Monday 8th February 2021 and will close on Monday 22nd February 2021.
I hope this information goes some way to alleviate any worries you may have. If you have and queries or concerns regarding the consultation process, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Gilbert through the school office.
Survey open until the 22nd February 2021