Relationships and Health Education
From September 2021, the DfE requires that all schools teach a programme of relationships and health education.
In primary schools, the curriculum in these areas will put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. It will also teach about mental wellbeing, giving children the knowledge and capability to take care of themselves and receive support if problems arise.
As parents, it is really important we work closely with you and ensure that you know what will be taught and when within this area of the curriculum, particularly with regard to the relationships and sex education element.
What and how will we teach about Relationships and Health Education?
In April 2021, we held a Teams meeting for parents to share the background around the topic, what we will be teaching across all year groups and how we will deliver this. We have used some fantastic resources and teaching frameworks from Jigsaw and the 'Goodness & Mercy' resource from the Diocese to put our Relationships, Sex and Health Education programme together.
For your reference, here are some resources which highlight some of the ways in which we will deliver this information across all year groups. (Due to copyright issues, we are unable to share the exact presentation for parents but the key information is within these documents).
When will we start teaching about Relationships and Health Education?
We will be embedding this work within our existing framework of PSHE lessons and all classes will focus on the same topic each term, using age appropriate learning, language and resources. In Years 5 & 6, the class teachers will communicate with parents when specific areas around Health & Sex Education will be taught so you will know in advance.
Does my child have to learn about this?
As with the rest of our curriculum, it is compulsory that we teach the relationships and health elements in this area. There are a few topics, in the later KS2 year groups, where parents can withdraw their child if they wish to, or have concerns. If this applies to you, we would encourage you to speak to your child's class teacher in the first instance and they can go through the areas in more detail with you.
The attached document shows the areas taught and highlights (in yellow) those from which you may withdraw your child, if you wish. However, as a school, we feel that they are key to a child’s development and understanding.
What is the school’s Relationships and Health Education policy?
Our Relationship and Health Education Policy was approved by the school Governors in May 2021 and can be found below and on the policies page of our website.
If any parents or carers have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email the main school office or the class teachers using your class email address.