As part of your child’s education at Easington C of E Primary School, we promote personal wellbeing and development through our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum. This gives our children the knowledge, understanding and skills to lead healthy, safe and productive lives.
You may be aware that the Department for Education has announced changes to the relationships and sex education for all primary in the UK. These changes come into effect in the summer term, 2021.
All schools are required to comply with the updated changes.
The new guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing and safeguarding. Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up gives children the information and positive values to have safe and fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own wellbeing.
We have reviewed our Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) policy and curriculum so we can be sure our provision is age appropriate and relevant for our pupils.
Please see our school website for the draft Relationships and Sex Education policy and when and how certain content within the subject will be covered. I have also attached our long-term plan for PSHE and RSE, which provides an overview of what topics are covered in each year group.
Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their child from some lessons on sex education but cannot withdraw children from relationships education or any content that is covered in the science curriculum. As a school, we need to make you aware of the benefits of receiving this important education and the detrimental effects that withdrawal might have on your child. This could include any social and emotional effects of being excluded, as well as the likelihood of your child hearing their peer’s version of what was said in lessons, rather than what was directly said by teachers.
Requests for withdrawal should be submitted in writing to myself, who will discuss this with you.