RSE Letter - July 2021

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Dear Parent/Carer 

We want all children to grow up healthy, happy, safe and able to manage the changes of living in modern Britain. That is why, from September 2020, the law requires all primary age children to be taught Relationships and Health Education (RHE). Due to the pandemic, schools have been able to delay this until September 2021. RHE will put in place the building blocks needed for children to form and maintain positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online.  

By the end of primary school, it is mandatory for children to have been taught content on: 

  • Families and the people who care for me 

  • Caring friendships 

  • Respectful relationships 

  • Online relationships 

  • Being safe 

  • Mental wellbeing 

  • Changing adolescent body 

  • Internet safety and harms 

  • Physical health and fitness 

  • Healthy eating 

  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco 

  • Health and prevention 

  • Basic first aid 

 

The above list does not include any teaching about sex education, other than the mandatory content required by the National Curriculum for science. However, here at Osborne Primary, we believe that a holistic approach to teaching Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) is to the benefit of our children. It teaches the skills they need to fully manage the natural physical and emotional changes that will happen to them as they grow and mature into healthy, confident and responsible adults, particularly as some of our children start these changes as young as 9 years old. The teaching of RSHE enables children to develop safe, positive, healthy relationships. It supports their moral development, helping them to understand themselves and respect and care for others.  

The RSHE programme uses resources specifically designed by the Health Education service which are split into sessions using interesting resources such as books, activity sheets and videos. Resources from the Birmingham City Guidance may also be used where appropriate, these follow a very similar format to those provided by the Education Service. All teaching materials are appropriate to the age and emotional maturity of the pupils concerned and the teachers will present the programme in an objective, balanced and sensitive manner. All staff and governors of the school have seen these lesson plans and resources and are very positive about the message and content, many of which have been in use for years. 

Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from sex education lessons (but not from the lessons on Changing Adolescent Body, which is a statutory element of the Y5 Science curriculum.) However, very few parents take this option, as they are aware that their child may still hear gossip and misinformation from their classmates and other people in the community, which could be very scary and create worry.  If you would like to discuss the right to withdraw your child then you would need to initially contact the Assistant Head responsible for your child. 

If you have any further questions, or would like to discuss the resources used then please feel free to contact either myself or Miss Salt and we will be happy to discuss the content with you.  

 

Yours Sincerely 

 

E. Brown 


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