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Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)
at Avenue Primary School
Relationships, Sex and Health Education is lifelong learning about physical, sexual, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care for family life. It involves acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs, values and attitudes.
By law primary schools are required to teach relationships and health education, alongside National Curriculum Science and within the context of Safeguarding.
Thank you to everyone who took part in our RSHE Consultation in Autumn 2020. We had 118 responses to the parent/carer questionnaire and we held face-to-face meetings with all parents who requested them. Below is a summary of the key findings and subsequent changes we will be introducing to our policy as a result of this consultation.
We have now implemented these changes to our policy, which you can see by clicking on the link below. We will send out separate letters to Years 5&6 in the Summer Term to inform them exactly when the Positive Relationships Week will take place.
The Government and local advisors strongly recommend and Avenue Primary School have decided, after consultation with parents/carers, to teach Sex Education beyond that taught within the Science curriculum. The school will be teaching about ‘how a baby is conceived and is born’ in year 5 following on from the national science curriculum, which teaches about sexual reproduction in mammals in year 5. Sex education at Avenue Primary School will be taught by trained staff in an age appropriate and sensitive way and we believe will help to ready children for their move to secondary school.
Parents/carers have a right to withdraw their children from non-statutory Sex Education
(i.e. ‘how a human baby is conceived and is born’).
Before granting any such request, parents will also be invited to a parental meeting where they will be able to review materials & watch any films used. Concerns can also be raised and the school will outline the benefits of receiving this important education and any detrimental effects that withdrawal might have on the child. This could include any social and emotional effects of being excluded, as well as the likelihood of the child hearing their peers’ version of what was said in the classes, rather than what was directly said by the teacher.
We encourage you to click on the links below to review the full teaching content and resources before making a request for withdrawal.
If the parents/carers still wish to withdraw their child, they need to submit their request in writing to the head teacher.