In June 2019, the DfE published “Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education”
(June 2019). This guidance:
a) Makes it compulsory for all schools to have an RSE Policy and to consult parents and carers in the development of that policy;
b) Sets out the topics that need to be taught to students by the end of secondary schools; and
c) Makes changes to the right of parents or carers to withdraw their child from the elements of sex education that are not taught as part of the compulsory national science curriculum.
These and other topics are covered in our RSE Policy (click here). The new requirements formalise expectations, but don’t make significant changes to what we teach our students. Many of the topics required by the DfE were already taught as part of our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum, and in other subjects.
Whilst writing our policy, we have worked hard to ensure that our new curriculum reflects:
1) Our values of equality, inclusion and respect for all students and communities;
2) Our students’ age and maturity levels, as well as their cultural and religious backgrounds;
3) Every students’ learning needs; and
4) What students need to know to be healthy and safe in school, in their personal relationships and in the wider world
This consultation seeks your views on our Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Policy, which will apply in our school from September 2020, in line with requirements from the Department for Education (DfE).
Parents and carers have been invited to submit responses to the consultation questions via the survey here. The deadline for responses is Tuesday 14th July 2020.
We will consider responses to the consultation by Thursday 16 July 2020 so that our RSE Policy can be published before the start of the 2020/21 Academic Year, in September 2020.