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Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)
at Avenue Primary School
In July 2019, The Department for Education released a document changing the previous Sex and Relationship (SRE) guidance to the new Relationships, Sex and Health guidance (RSHE).
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.
At Avenue Primary School we acknowledge that parents/carers are a child’s first and most effective teacher and that is why we believe it is essential that our parents are part of the planning process and fully informed.
Although the closure of School’s, due to the Covid 19 circumstances, has delayed us in our consultations with you we have reviewed our Relationships and Sex Education Curriculum and Policy, to ensure that our provision is in line with statutory requirements and appropriate for our pupils based on their:
-Age, physical and emotional maturity
-Religious and cultural backgrounds
-Special educational needs and disabilities.
We are now eager to consult with you regarding your views on when and how certain content is covered.
As a result, we invite you to:
- Read our draft policy for Relationships and Sex Education
- Complete the Parent/Carer questionnaire
As highlighted above Schools are legally required to teach the content of the National Curriculum and as a result, what is taught is ultimately the decision for the School. The right to withdraw children from some lessons is explained in the policy.
In addition to the questionnaire, we will arrange for parents/carers to come into School from week beginning 2nd November to 13th November (in small Covid-19 secure groups) if they wish to ask any further questions regarding the content of the curriculum. If this is something you wish to do, we ask that you contact the school office and a member of staff will come back to you regarding a meeting time and the risk assessment we require you to complete prior to coming into the School.
Once we have considered all your responses from the questionnaire and any subsequent meetings that take place with small groups of parents; our Relationships and Sex Education Policy will be updated and published on the Schools website.
If you have any queries regarding the consultation process; please do not hesitate to contact the School.
2019-20 SRE Content and Letters: