Relationships and Sex Education
As a part of our broad and balanced curriculum we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme. This ensures your child is educated and equipped with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet his/her full potential.
PSHE is a non-statutory subject however, the Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) element will be a compulsory part of the school curriculum from September 2020. This is a huge step forward and such an important subject that interweaves almost every aspect of school life is now being given the recognition it deserves.
Lessons throughout your child’s primary education will cover different aspects of Relationships and Health education.
Relationships education will include children exploring topics such as:
- Respectful relationships;
- Online relationships; and being safe.
Health education will include children exploring topics such as:
- Emotional health and wellbeing;
- Internet safety and harm;
- Physical health;
- Healthy eating;
- Drugs, alcohol and tobacco;
- Health prevention;
- Basic first aid;
- Changing adolescent bodies (including sex education).
The new requirement formalises expectations but will not significantly change what we teach. Many of the topics required by the Department of Education (DfES) are already taught as part of our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum, and through other subjects such as science.
PSHE education is taught throughout the school in every year group and is monitored and reviewed regularly by the staff and the governing body. All PSHE teaching takes place in a safe learning environment, at an age appropriate level, taking account of the children’s physical and emotional maturity, religious and cultural backgrounds and any special educational needs and disabilities they may have. It is also underpinned by our school vision, ethos and values.
As a result of this statutory change, the RSE Policy and Long Term Plan reflect our practice in school and inform you of what your child will learn and when they will learn it.
The full statutory guidance can be found here:
Parent consultation FAQs.
Q. I'd like to know how you teach the concept of staying safe online so that we can use it at home to reiterate the message. It's a big fear in these times.
A. Mr Parkin sends out a regular e-safety newsletter with lots of really useful information on how to keep your child safe online. Also have a look at the e-safety section of our school website: https://www.dunholme.lincs.sch.uk/key-information/safeguarding-1/ict
Q. With a child going into year 6 and having missed much of year 5 I am concerned that the year 5 outlined areas of learning such as sex education and drug use have been missed.
A. Don't worry the Y5 and Y6 team know exactly what has been covered and what was missed. They have planned areas such as sex education into the curriculum for this year to ensure everyone receives the full RSE curriculum by the end of Y6. This is the same for the other year groups, class teachers consulted with the previous class teacher over the summer to plan in extra opportunities this year to catch up any content that was missed.
Q. Following the success of the homeschooling support materials, it may be beneficial for parents to be given some discussion topics / exercises each term to reinforce learning at home.
A. Please look at the termly overview on each classes web page, this should have a topic/theme that is covered in PSHE during the term and a key question that you can follow up with any discussion. Your child's class teacher would be happy to point you in the right direction if you are struggling to find what you need.