Summary of our Relationships, Sex and Health Education Policy (RSHE) – 02/03/21
- This policy, and the curriculum that surrounds it, will begin to be used in the Summer Term 2021. This is based on the DfE’s statutory guidance, Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education 2019.
- There are very few changes to the new curriculum compared to what we are currently teaching. The biggest change is teaching basic first aid. This is new.
- We have called the subject RSHE instead of PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education). As the sex education we will be teaching is optional in Y6, you may prefer us to call it Relationships and Health Education (RHE) instead.
- There is a specific focus on: friendships; respectful relationships; the importance of families; and the different types of families children may grow up in (eg, mum and dad, single parents, extended families, adopted or foster families, same sex parents, dual heritage families (parents are from different ethnic backgrounds), parents with disabilities, etc.) We currently teach children about these areas.
- There is a bigger emphasis on mental health than previously. There are also links to: internet safety and harms; physical health and fitness; healthy eating; and drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Again, we currently teach children about these areas.
- Please take the time to read the policy carefully; the statements which are in the Relationships Education (Appendix 1) and Health Education (Appendix 3) are statutory.
- This means they have to be taught during the primary years. However, the specific years they are taught in, are flexible. Eg, we have suggested that basic first aid is taught in Year 6 but parental feedback may inform us that you would prefer us to teach it in Year 5.
- Sex Education which is covered by the science curriculum, eg, the main external parts of the human body, how the human body changes from birth to old age (including puberty) and the reproductive process in some plants and animals are statutory. We have to teach these.
- We also currently teach children the correct names for male and female private parts through our safeguarding policy from Year 1.
- However, sex education which goes beyond this, is only taught in Year 6. This is ‘How babies are made’. Parents can withdraw their child from this session. Inappropriate videos and photographs are NOT used in this session. Parents are invited beforehand (Covid permitting) to a session with the external teacher to see exactly what will be taught. This has been taught for approximately the last 5 years.
- Please read the RSHE draft policy on the school website carefully. This can be translated into your preferred language.
- Below are some questions we would appreciate you answering in relation to this new policy. Responses/suggestions/questions please to either Mrs Edwards email@example.com or to Mrs Brewer firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 15th March 2021. Alternatively, you may send a private message to Mrs Edwards or Mrs Brewer through Dojo, or send written responses to the school office in a sealed envelope with your name and child’s name and class so that we can contact you to discuss them in more detail if required.
- We will then be able to hold a session where we can invite parents into school so that we can discuss these concerns/changes further if necessary.
- Thank you for your continued support.
Please respond to these questions after you have read the draft policy on the school website.
What are your thoughts about the RSHE Policy? Anything you like? Anything you disagree with? If yes, please explain.
1. From Year 1, we teach the correct names for male and female private parts.
- Do you feel comfortable talking to your children about this? YES/NO/DO NOT KNOW.
- Would you like some support in talking to your children about this? YES/NO.
2. In Years 5 and 6, we teach children about puberty.
- Are you comfortable to discuss this at home with your children? YES/NO/DO NOT KNOW.
- Would you like some support in talking about this? YES/NO.
- Would you like a workshop session in school for girls and mums only as well as boys with dads only? YES/NO
3. As part of the non-statutory sex education, we welcome and appreciate your thoughts on teaching Year 6 ‘How babies are made’. Please note, children can be withdrawn from this session at parents’ request.
4. Would you prefer us to call this subject Relationships and Health Education (RHE) or Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)?
5. Is there anything in Appendix 2 and/or Appendix 4 that you think should be taught in either a younger class, or an older class? If yes, please state what this is and why.