As of September 2020, legislation on relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) for schools came into effect.
"Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.
This is why we have made Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools in England and Relationships and Sex Education compulsory in all secondary schools, as well as making Health Education compulsory in all state-funded schools.
In primary schools, we want the subjects to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy. At secondary, teaching will build on the knowledge acquired at primary and develop further pupils’ understanding of health, with an increased focus on risk areas such as drugs and alcohol, as well as introducing knowledge about intimate relationships and sex."
The curriculum in place at Radipole already is in line with this legislation (we are fully compliant with legislation), but our policy for it is now out of date. Schools are encouraged to include parents in the consultation process when developing their new RSHE policies. Since it is currently not advisable to hold face-to-face group meetings, this will be done online, through the survey accessible via the link below.
The teaching team has worked together to review our RSHE curriculum, making alterations where appropriate, with a view to informing a new, fit-for-purpose policy. This draft policy, along with supporting documents from Jigsaw (our PSHE / RSHE scheme), is accessible on this page. Your thoughts and opinions will help us to shape the policy to be the best fit for our school community.
Please read the draft policy and see the supporting documents before completing the survey. The survey will be open for responses until 16th July, at which point the consultation period will be closed. I hope you will find that the policy is highly appropriate and indicative of an excellent curriculum – the Jigsaw resource is successfully used in thousands of schools. It was developed by Jan Lever and also the wonderful Clare Williams, who is doing some powerful training directly with our staff team this year.
Our draft PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) policy, including RSHE (Relationships, Sex, Health Education).
RSHE: a guide for parents about the Jigsaw scheme we use, and what is covered in different age groups.
What is the Jigsaw scheme for PSHE and RSHE? An information leaflet for parents about the scheme used at Radipole.
What does the Jigsaw scheme teach about LGBTQ relationships? An information leaflet for parents.
Once you have read the draft policy document, please complete the survey here:
Thank you for taking the time to share your views.