Dear Parents and Carers,
You will be aware that, as a part of your child’s educational experience at Upperby Primary School, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.
From September 2020 the Department for Education has made Relationships and Health Education compulsory in all primary schools.
What does the new guidance mean?
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 will help them take responsibility for their own well-being. PSHE is already given a high value in our school and much of the learning will already be embedded in our curriculum.
As with all statutory subjects, there is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education or Health Education or any content from the Science curriculum. This means that pupils cannot be withdrawn from lessons on growing, changing and adolescent body, puberty, reproduction or birth. Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of the Sex Education delivered in Year 6 only (conception) following discussions with the Head Teacher, Mrs Hodgkins.
How will this be delivered?
This guidance will form part of our school’s PSHE education programme which is taught throughout the school in every year group and is monitored and reviewed regularly.
All teaching in PSHE will take place in a safe learning environment, be age appropriate and be underpinned by our school’s vision and values. A variety of opportunities will be provided for pupils to ask questions to further their understanding and to find out more about what affects them personally.
Suggestions and questions
It is important that there is an open conversation between parents and school to ensure that the children are given the best PSHE and Health & Relationships and Sex Education provision possible.
We would like to gain views and opinions from you to inform how the school’s Relationship, Health and Sex Education Curriculum will be taught. We encourage any feedback and suggestions which could be reflected in our policy, as well as any questions that you, as parents, may have about the new guidance or coverage.
A copy of our Draft PSHE / RSE Policy has also been uploaded to the school website for your information.
Please call school or email firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 27th November to ask any questions and/or give views on this new guidance.
Mrs J. Hodgkins, Head Teacher
Miss D. Wilson, PSHE Lead
Mr B. Atkinson, Chair of Governors