RSE Consultation

This consultation begins Wednesday 5th May 2021 and will close on Friday 28th May 2021.


Dear parents/carers, 

As part of your child’s educational experience at Newman School we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through our Personal Social Economic and Health lessons. This provides our learners with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe productive and fulfilled lives by becoming active and global citizens.

As you may be aware the Department for Education has made changes to relationship and sex education (RSE) following nationwide consultations. These changes came into effect in September 2020, however due to Covid-19 schools have been able to delay this until the summer term of 2021.

From this period schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be viewed here:

The new guidance focusses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It enables students to cover a wide range of topics relating to health, (physical and mental) safeguarding and healthy relationships.

The ability to self-advocate and make healthy choices is supported by the new statutory guidance. Students will develop confidence, skills and positive values to enable them to have safe, healthy and fulfilling relationships and take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.

From September 2021 relationships and health education will be statutory, therefore form part of our whole school curriculum. For KS3-5 student’s sex education will be statutory. For primary students the DfE continue to recommend sex education however it is not statutory. As a school, we will endeavour to provide lessons that are appropriate to the needs, ability and age of our students. Parents do have the right to withdraw from sex education lessons (up until the age of 15) but not from statutory relationship education, health education or what is taught in the Science national curriculum.

Please find the Newman School draft PSHE policy below that reflects the new statutory content.

What is taught at Newman School is a decision for the school and the PSHE consultation does not provide parents with the ability to veto curriculum content; particularly statutory elements of the national curriculum. To help you understand the requirements, please find the draft PSHE programmes of study for Key Stages 1-5 and the PSHE Association PSHE SEND planning framework. Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from certain elements of sex education; however this decision will require parents to meet with a member of SLT to discuss their concerns beforehand.

I hope the DfE statutory guidance, letter, programmes of study, and PSHE school policy goes some way to answering any questions you may have. If you have any queries or concerns regarding the consultation process please do not hesitate to contact the school.

The link to the consultation survey is below.

Thanks for your continued support,

Yours sincerely,


Emma Garratt & Natalie West

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