Primary Parent Consultation

From September 2020 relationships education, along with health education were made statutory by the Department for Education and now form part of the national curriculum.  These changes came into effect from September 2020 but due to Covid-19, schools have been given an extension until June 2021 to comply with the updated requirements. 

The new expectations focus on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics related to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. Learning about emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own wellbeing. 

The statuary guidance can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education/relationships-education-primary 

In order to meet the government guidance for Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) we have reviewed various curriculum materials and have opted to use ‘Growing up with Yasmine and Tom’. Relationships Education is taught throughout all Primary years and Sex Education is only taught in Year 6.  Please see the draft policy and curriculum coverage for further details.

Parental Engagement

Parental engagement is essential for the curriculum to be successful and will also support parents in their role as their children’s primary educators.  Therefore, we would like to hold a period of consultation to allow you to share your views and opinions on how certain content is covered. We would appreciate your views on: 

  • Our draft policy for relationships, sex and health education.
  • When and how certain content within the subject is covered (this can be found in the draft policy). 
  • A selection of resources that can be used in lessons. 

What is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision for the school. While your views are welcome and will be genuinely reflected on when we reach our final decision, they do not amount to a veto over curriculum content.
We are currently in unprecedented times as a school community, which makes it a little more challenging to consult with you. To help you understand the curriculum requirements and the consultation process, I have placed information on our website which I would encourage you to read, as well as a questionnaire which will be the main way in which you will be able to provide your views and opinion. 

The content on the website includes:  

  • A presentation about RSHE at INA Primary
  • A summary of what all pupils are expected to know by the end of primary school
  • A FAQ document
  • Our proposed policy

Consultation Process

 

The consultation process will start from Monday 10th May and will end on Friday 28th May.

Your views are important to us and we will respond to you on the outcome of the process once it ends. Once we have considered all the feedback, the updated Relationships and Sex Education policy will be ratified by governors and uploaded to the school’s website which will set out the proposed curriculum in readiness for September 2021. 

Once it is safe to do so, we will provide opportunities for you to come into school for face-to-face meetings, giving you a chance to view all resources and talk with school leaders and teachers regarding RSE at INA.

If you have any further queries and concerns regarding the consultation process, please do not hesitate to contact the school.