Relationships and Health Education consultation

Statutory requirement to deliver Relationships and Health Education – Parent Engagement and Consultation

Welcome to this temporary part of our website which is designed to allow us to share information with you about these important changes to the school curriculum.

From September 2020, the Government has decided that all primary age children will be taught Relationships and Health Education (RHE). Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this has been delayed until the summer term 2021.

These subjects, which we will teach via our Personal, Social, Health & Economic (PSHE) education curriculum, are designed to equip your child with knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a happy and successful adult life.  For many years now, we have covered the vast majority of the topics and themes which the Government is now asking all schools to deliver, as well as additional topics which we feel complement these and are vital to the learning of our children. 

Relationships Education is designed to help children have positive and safe relationships with family, friends and online.

 

Health Education will help children to make good decisions about their health and wellbeing and enable them to know how to seek help if issues arise.

As part of our preparation to deliver these new requirements, we have been working hard to make sure that the resources and materials we use to do this are right for both our children and our school community.  We have taken the opportunity to look at a range of different teaching resources to ensure that the materials we use are up to date and current but most importantly are suitable for our school.  We now feel that we have created an effective curriculum which balances all these things and will be well-received by pupils, staff, parents, and governors.

As required by the Government, we are now consulting with parents and carers on our approach to this, specifically around our Relationships Education curriculum and RSE policy. Given the current circumstances around social distancing and other restrictions, we felt that the best way to do this was via our school website and by sharing some of the key documents for you look at.

The idea of this consultation exercise is to give you a chance to see how we have interpreted the statutory guidance and let us know what you think.  Please take a look at our draft RSE Policy which will give you all the information you need about our approach to Relationships Education at West Park Primary School. Within the appendix of this policy, you will find an overview of our PSHE curriculum which will give you more information about the themes and topics covered across the school years, including some additional non-statutory content delivered in Year 6. The other documents within this site are designed to give you further information and guidance about our wider approach to PSHE education at West Park.

Consultation process

We think that is important that every parent is involved in all parts of the education of their child and we want this to be a useful and informative engagement exercise for our school, so if you have any feedback or comments about any of the elements of our policy, then please let us know. We will use this information to help us make any final decisions about our policy and curriculum.

This consultation process will stay open for two weeks and end on Friday 30th October 2020 at midday. We have set up an email address for parents/carers to use if they wish to email feedback to us about this. Please state the name of your child, their year group and your own name in your email.  Please make sure you have read the draft policy and useful documents thoroughly.

Email: rhe@westparkprimaryschool.co.uk

Once this consultation is completed, we will then take some time to look at the feedback and any questions.  We will post answers to general/similar questions and topics back here in this section of our website and let you know when this is done.  For any specific questions or queries which cannot be dealt with in this way then it may be possible to follow these up with individual parents via a phone call or email.

Once this is concluded, we will then take all views and opinions into consideration before we close the consultation and publish the final versions of our RSE policy and curriculum overview.  This policy and curriculum will then come into immediate effect and be published on our school website.

Please note, this consultation is for parents/carers of pupils at West Park Primary School only.

 

Draft RSE Policy

 

Other useful documents/links:

RSE primary schools guide for parents

RSE PSHE FAQs

PSHE scheme

1Decision parent and carer presentation

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