The Department for Education (DFE) announced that from September 2020, all schools in England will be required to teach relationships and health education (RSE). In light of COVID 19 schools could originally delay teaching until Summer 2021 at the latest.
The new requirements formalise expectations but don’t make significant changes to what we already teach our students at DCPS. Many of the topics required by the DFE were already taught as part of our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum, as well as in other subject areas.
As part of relationships education pupils have to be taught:
- families and people who care for me
- caring friendships
- respectful relationships
- online relationships
- being safe
As part of health education pupils have to be taught:
- mental wellbeing
- internet safety and harms
- physical health and fitness
- healthy eating
- facts and risks associated with drugs, alcohol and tobacco
- health and prevention
- basic first aid
- changing adolescent body
At Secondary schools, sex education will also become mandatory however this is not the case with Primary schools. Primary schools can still also choose to teach sex education for example as part of Y7 transition but parents will retain the right to withdraw your child from this area of the curriculum.
We want to review our RSE policy and provision to ensure it is appropriate for our pupils based on their:
- Physical and emotional maturity
- Religious and cultural backgrounds
- Special educational needs and/or disabilities
During from the academic year 2020/21 and to help us ensure that the curriculum and policy was as robust as possible, we designed a process and timeline for parents to feed back their views. This was as follows:
W.C 30th November 2020
We provide an initial introduction video on Facebook to explain the existing scheme of work. This was also added to the school website. We also requested a working group of parents to take part in the initial drafting of our RSE policy.
W.C 7th December 2020
The working group for parents was offered the chance tomeet virtually with Mrs Reason to help us draft the RSE policy.
W.C 14th December 2020
We shared our draft policy with parents via the school website.
We consider the views of the working group and feedback from class teachers so that our final RSE Policy could be published during the the Spring Term 2020/21.
The DFE has published a parent guide here:
The guide is available in English, Arabic, Somali and Urdu. It is also possible to request the guide in an accessible format by emailing email@example.com
This page now contains information on the content and structure of our RSE units of work and our agreed policy.