From September 2020 all primary schools will be required to deliver ‘relationships education’. The Government have also committed to statutory health education, meaning the majority of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education will be compulsory from 2020.
At Mayfield, the Governors have agreed that RSE should be taught as part of the PSHE curriculum.
Relationship and Sex Education is an ongoing process that starts in the home and continues during the child’s time in school. It is an intrinsic element in leaning about ourselves and our relationships with others. We define relationships and sex education as core learning skills about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up.
Purposeful relationship and sex education:
- Is developmental and appropriate to the age and stage of the child. Common starting levels cannot be assumed
- Puts forward factual knowledge and encourages appropriate questioning
- Examines opinions and concepts and stimulates discussion
- Encourages the development of personal and inter-personal skills
- Develops awareness, respect and responsibility for oneself and others
It also contributes to the foundation of PSHE and Citizenship, which enables Mayfield pupil and staff to promote equality between individuals and groups.
Mayfield is committed to the provision of sex and relationship education to all it’s pupils and the differing needs of boys and girls. We believe that RSE should meet the needs of all pupils and deal honestly and sensitively, offering support to both pupils and parents.
Working with parents
We believe in effective communication between home and school, therefore parents will be given the opportunity to view materials in advance and raise questions about any uncertainties with the class teacher.
If after these questions have been answered parents still have any uncertainties, an appointment with the head teacher should be made. This hopefully will remove any uncertainties. If however the parents then decide to withdraw their children they will be advised as to their responsibilities of educating their child at home in the areas missed due to withdrawal.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from sex education. If they choose to withdraw their child they must state this in a written letter to the head teacher. Any child who is withdrawn from a specific lesson will join another class. However RSE is to be taught in all year groups as part of the science curriculum, if a parent still wishes to withdraw then this should be discussed with the class teacher.
Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. Certain issues that might arise may need to be passed on to other members of staff such as the Inclusion leader or Child Protection teacher.
The Framework for the teaching of RSE: