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Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) 

Consultation

Dear Parents and Carers,

As part of your child’s educational experience here at Lark Rise Academy, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.

The Department for Education has made changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation which came into effect from September 2020 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found at:

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

The guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships.

Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them to take responsibility for their own wellbeing.

Consequently, from September 2020, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, will be statutory and will form part of the National Curriculum.

At Lark Rise we have reviewed our RSE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE curriculum is appropriate for our pupils based on their:

-          Age

-          Physical and emotional maturity

-          Religious and cultural background

-          Special educational needs and disability

As part of this process we are required to consult with parents and carers of our pupils. The outcomes of this consultation will help us to make adjustments and/or changes to our policy and curriculum based on the feedback we receive.

Therefore we would like to ask you to complete the survey; answering questions which will support us through the consultation process.

We are aware that there is likely to be differences of opinion surrounding this subject; we hope that by consulting with you as parents and carers will help to inform our school's decisions on when and how certain content is covered, and enable us to reach a general consensus. Consequently we would like your views on:

-          Our draft policy for Relationships and Sex  Education (RSE)

-          When and how certain content is covered within this subject 

What is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision made by the school as schools are legally required to teach the National Curriculum. There is a clear overview of what will be taught and at what stage throughout the school using the SCARF approach, which will be available on the school website. This will help you to see the content that will be delivered to your child as they progress through the school. The right to withdraw from some lessons is outlined in the FAQs which are also available on the website. 

We are currently in unprecedented times as a school community, which makes it challenging to consult with you so information you may require will be available on the school website.

We will start our consultation process on Wednesday 25th November and this will end on Wednesday 9th December 2020. A Google form will be sent out to you later today for you to provide your feedback on this policy; your support in completing this by Friday 4th December would be greatly appreciated. 

As always, your views are very important to us as a school and we will respond to you on the outcome of this process in due course. The updated draft policy for RSE will then be available for you to view on the school website. This will also include the proposed curriculum for children across the school.

I hope that these documents help to alleviate any worries you may have surrounding the introduction of the required changes. If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Kind regards

Mrs Hannah Hartley

RSE Lead