From September 2020 relationships education, along with health education were made statutory by the Department for Education and now form part of the national curriculum. These changes came into effect from September 2020 but due to covid-19, schools have been given an extension until June 2021 to comply with the updated requirements.
The new expectations focus on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics related to physical and mental health, wellbeing safeguarding and healthy relationships. Learning about emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own wellbeing.
The statuary guidance can be found at:
After reviewing various curriculum materials, we have opted to use Jigsaw, a full PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) programmme, as the main way of teaching our pupils the required relationships and health education content. As well as covering all necessary content from the new curriculum for relationships and health, Jigsaw has a strong focus on emotional and mental health and wellbeing.
The school has also opted to teach sex education through Jigsaw’s programmme. This will be taught through a selection of lessons in Y6 only. Please see the draft policy for further details and below for a more detailed table on content coverage.
Parental engagement is essential for the curriculum to be successful and will also support parents in their role as their children’s primary educators. As part of the implementation of this new curriculum, we would like to hold a period of consultation to allow you to air your views and opinions on how certain content is covered.
What is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision for the school. While your views are welcome and will be genuinely reflected on when we reach our final decision, they do not amount to a veto over curriculum content.
We are currently in unprecedented times as a school community, which makes it a little more challenging to consult with you. To help you understand the curriculum requirements and the consultation process, we have placed information on our website which we would encourage you to read thoroughly. An anonymous questionnaire will be the main way in which you will be able to provide your views and opinion.
The content on the website is as follows:
- A summary of what all pupils are expected to know by the end of primary school
- A FAQ document
- Our proposed draft policy
- DFE guidance that outlines statutory requirements
The consultation process ended on Friday 14th May.
Your views are important to us and we will respond to you on the outcome of the process once it ends. Once we have considered all the feedback, the updated Relationships and sex education policy will be uploaded to the school’s website which will set out the proposed curriculum.