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As a part of your child’s education at Stansfield Hall, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives children and young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future. We use the Jigsaw scheme of work to ensure these skills are taught consistently and effectively.
The Department for Education announced changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation. These changes came into effect from September 2020 and all schools are 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 well-being.
Consequently, from September 2020, Relationships, along with Health Education, is statutory, and forms part of the National Curriculum. For Secondary schools Sex Education will also become statutory. However, the DfE continue to recommend that all primary schools should have a sex education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils. Where schools provide sex education at key stages 1 and 2, parents will have the right to withdraw their child from sex education but not from statutory Relationships Education, Health Education or the areas taught in the Science National curriculum.
This means that we have reviewed our RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:
- Physical and emotional maturity
- Religious and cultural backgrounds
- Special educational needs and disabilities
Whilst we are aware that there are differences of opinion about this, our consultation with you helped to inform our schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is covered, and enabled us to reach a general consensus.
What is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision for the school, as schools are legally required to teach the National Curriculum. The right to withdraw children from some lessons is explained within the policy and FAQs which can be found at the side of this page.
We hope the following documents provide more information:
- A Jigsaw parent information leaflet which explains the approach and content,
- Our Policy for Relationships, Sex and Health Education
- DfE guidance that outlines statutory requirements.