12. Withdrawing from the subjects
12.1. Relationships and Health Education are statutory at primary and parents do not have the right to withdraw their child from the subjects.
12.2. As sex education is not statutory at primary level, other than what must be taught as part of the science curriculum, parents have the right to request to withdraw their child from all or part of the sex education curriculum. (For Deykin Avenue JI School, this is the ‘How babies are made’ session which will only take place in Year 6.)
12.3. The Headteacher will automatically grant withdrawal requests in accordance with non-statutory sex education; however, the Headteacher will discuss the request with the parent and, if appropriate, their child, to ensure that their wishes are understood and to clarify the nature and purpose of the curriculum.
12.4. The Headteacher will discuss with the parent, the benefits of receiving this important education and any adverse effects that withdrawal may have on the pupil – this could include, for example, social and emotional effects of being excluded from this topic.
12.5. The Headteacher will keep a record of the discussion between themselves, the pupil and the parent.
12.6. The Headteacher will grant a parent’s request to withdraw their child from sex education, other than the content that must be taught as part of the science curriculum.
12.7. The parent will be informed in writing of the Headteacher’s decision.
12.8. Where a pupil is withdrawn from sex education, the Headteacher will ensure that the pupil receives appropriate alternative education.