RSE update April 2021
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Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
The Department for Education (DfE) has announced changes to relationships and sex education (RSE). These changes have come into effect from September 2020 and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements by the summer term of 2020/21 (from April 2021).
The 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 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 and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, will be statutory (schools have to teach it), and forms part of the National Curriculum.
As a result of these changes, we are reviewing our RSE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their age, physical and emotional maturity, religious and cultural backgrounds, as well as any special educational needs and/or disabilities.
To help you understand the curriculum requirements we need to meet for the changes to the RSE curriculum, we would strongly encourage you read the documents on this page. In order to ensure our RSE policy and subsequent teaching is appropriate to the needs of the pupils at Staincliffe Junior School, we would appreciate your support and feedback.
As a school, we have looked at various schemes of work to support the children with RSE through PSHE curriculum.
We have decided on Jigsaw, however, have adapted some of the planning in the 'Change Me' units, as we feel the children need to be more mature before learning about puberty and sex education. Therefore we have moved the puberty topic into Year 5 and the sex education (how a baby is conceived and born) into Year 6. These will be taught in same-sex grouping within class.
We ask that you read the documents below and then please complete the survey.
Staincliffe Junior School Definitions
As a school we have defined these terms used in the documents as –
- RSHE: Relationships education, relationships and sex education and health education.
- Health education: Physical health and mental wellbeing.
- Relationships education: The physical, social, legal and emotional aspects of human relationships including friendships, family life and relationships with other children and adults.
- Sex education: There is no agreed definition in the new RSHE guidance. As a school we will use the definition of sex education is ‘how a baby is conceived and born’ (reproduction and birth).
- RSE: Relationships and sex education.
- PSHE: Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education. The RSHE policy may link to, or be part of, a wider PSHE ed policy.
Children's voice - Year 6
“I would rather be taught about relationships properly by you (my teacher) than hear different things on the playground.”
“I would feel comfortable with our teachers teaching us all the information and I am looking forwards to learning it all too.”
“I am happy to learn about it all but I would prefer it to be all the girls together and the boys separate.”
To read our full policy please click here.