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.
This consultation begins Wednesday 5th May 2021 and will close on Friday 28th May 2021.
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,
Emma Garratt & Natalie West