Relationships, Sex and Health Education
As you may already be aware, the Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation. These changes came into effect from September 2020 and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements.
Please find below our policy for the teaching of RSHE. This links closely to our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) policy
At St George's C of E Primary, we follow the SCARF scheme for Personal, Social and Health Education. RSHE is embedded within this scheme. Below are some useful documents that explain more about this scheme and how it is structured.
Right to Withdraw Your Child from Sex Education Classes
Government guidance states that "You cannot withdraw your child from Relationships Education because it is important that all children receive this content, covering topics such as friendships and how to stay safe. Your child’s primary school can choose to teach Sex Education. " At St George's CE Primary, we have chosen to teach Sex Education within the Year 6 programme.
The Guidance continues..."If you’d like to know more about this, we recommend speaking to the school to understand what will be taught and when. If you do not want your child to take part in some or all of the lessons on Sex Education, you can ask that they are withdrawn. At primary level, the head teacher must grant this request."
In the RSHE Policy there is a form for withdrawal that you can fill in and then discuss with the Headteacher. This copy is attached below on this page, and is also available in paper copies from the office. If you require this in a different format to access it please let the office know.
Please note: The science curriculum also includes content on human development, including reproduction, which there is no right to withdraw from.
We recognise that parents play a vital part in their child’s RSHE, and we encourage you to discuss the themes of the sessions with your child at home as well. Please find below some useful links to websites and resources that can help make these conversations a bit easier!