The Department for Education (DFE) announced that from September 2020, all schools in England will be required to teach relationships and health education (RSE).
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 their child from this area of the curriculum.
We regularly 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
You can read our Policy and Curriculum Documents below.
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