Information about new Relationship and Health Education from September 2020
As of September 2020, we will be teaching the new compulsory Relationship Education, (RE), Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education outlined by the Department for Education (DfE). We will call our policy Relationship and Health Education, which is the part the Infant School, being Key Stage 1, will focus on.
Your child will be taught lessons on the five following areas:
- Families and people who care for me
- Caring friendships
- Respectful relationships
- Online relationships
- Being safe
The subject has been designed to help children from all backgrounds build positive and safe relationships, and to thrive in modern Britain. Be assured that the religious backgrounds and cultural beliefs of all pupils have been taken into account when planning and resourcing lessons so that all topics are appropriately handled.
We work hard to ensure that pupils are taught the importance of equality and respect and that all teaching is sensitive and age appropriate. Therefore, at the appropriate time we will teach pupils about LGBT families within the context of ‘How different families look’. Our school is culturally diverse so teaching of this area of RSE is planned and taught with sensitivity to the different religious beliefs of our school community. It is important that there is no stigmatisation of children based on their home circumstances and needs. Some children have different structures of support and it is vital for children to learn that some families look different to their own. Tolerance of others is a British value that underpins the society that we live in and is an important virtue for children to learn.
The School values parent views on this area of the curriculum and welcome you to arrange a meeting with Mrs Thapar through the School Office. To do so, you can send an email to the main school email address. Mrs Thapar can meet parents of one child individually.
This consultation will be open until 18th September 2020 until midday.
Please find a letter from Mrs Thapar here, alongside supporting documents.