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18.11.2020 – RSHE Consultation
Consultation in relation to Park Primary RSHE Policy – this consultation begins on Monday 16th November 2020 and ends on Wednesday 25th November 2020
As a part of your child’s educational experience at Park, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education. The aim of this is to give children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.
As you may already be aware, the Department for Education has announced statutory changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation. These changes will come into effect this academic year and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found at:-
The new guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own wellbeing.
Consequently, beginning this academic year, Relationships, Health and Sex Education (RSHE), will be statutory, and form part of the National Curriculum. This means that we have been reviewing our RSHE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSHE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on the following characteristics:
● Physical and emotional maturity
● Religious and cultural backgrounds
● Special educational needs and disabilities
We hope that consulting with you will help to inform our decisions on when and how certain content is covered, and enable us to reach a consensus. Consequently, as part of our curriculum review we would like your views on the following:
What is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision for the school; however, the right to withdraw children from some lessons is explained in the FAQs.
As we are currently in these unprecedented times, it is much more difficult to launch the consultation in person. To help you understand the curriculum requirements, we have already undertaken Zoom meetings where parents from each year group were given a presentation relating to the overall context of the curriculum alongside specific elements of a particular year group.
The following documents will be on our school website until Wednesday 25th November when the consultation period will finish. Your views are very important to us so please the school via phone or email to share any feedback or questions that you may have. We will respond to you on the outcome of this process later this term. Once we have considered all the feedback, the finalised RSHE Policy will be uploaded to our website, which will also set out the proposed curriculum.
If you have any queries or concerns regarding the consultation process, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
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