The Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education (RSE). Consquently, from September 2020 Relationships along with Health Education will be statutory and form part of the National Curriculum. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic the full implementation has been extended until September 2021. For Secondary schools Sex Education will also become statutory. However, the DfE continue to recommend that all Primary schools should have a sex education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils in place.
This means that we have been reviewing and implementing our new RSE curriculum and policy, so that we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate to our pupils. We have chosen to follow the PSHE association scheme of work and have been implementing this teaching over the past 12 months. This scheme of work is nationally recognised and takes into account the children’s:
- Physical and emotional maturity
- Religious and cultural backgrounds
- Special educational needs and disabilities
The new DfE guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping safe in the modern world. We have chosen to teach sex education, as we believe this is also an important part of all children’s education – enabling us to ensure the content is taught sensitively and accurately, rather than through hearsay and often inaccurate and inappropriate online ‘content’. Please look at the links below for further information: