Parents and Carers,
As part of your child’s education at Newman School, we offer a PSHE curriculum. PSHE education is the curriculum area that gives young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential.
I am writing to let you know that, from September 2021, your child’s class will be taking part in lessons which will focus on the relationships and sex education (RSE) aspect of this programme. These lessons will include teaching: Healthy relationships, including friendships and intimate relationships; families; growing and changing, including puberty; personal hygiene; changing feelings; becoming more independent; keeping safe and consent; developing self-esteem and confidence. Pupils will also have opportunities to ask questions that help prepare them for relationships of all kinds in the modern world.
PSHE education is taught throughout the school in every year group and is monitored and reviewed regularly by the staff and governing body. All PSHE teaching that takes place will take place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our school ethos and values. We will take into account students’ ability to understand when planning lessons.
As a school community, we are committed to working in partnership with parents and carers; recent national feedback has indicated that the overwhelming majority of parents and carers continue to be highly supportive of the RSE programme.
A consultation period regarding our new PSHE curriculum will begin on Wednesday 5th May and end on Friday 28th May, please visit our school website for further information. https://www.newmanschool.co.uk/info/rse-consultation/
Your views are important to us and we would appreciate any feedback. I hope this letter and information on the school website goes someway to answering any questions you may have. If you have any queries or concerns regarding the consultation process, please do not hesitate to contact school.
Parents and carers do have the right to withdraw their child from some RSE lessons. If this applies to you please don’t hesitate to contact school and a member of our Senior Leaderships Team will be in touch to invite you to discuss your concerns.