Relationship and Sex Education

RSE Parents’ and Families’ Consultation 

 

As a part of your child’s educational experience at Woodfield, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives children and young people 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 2021 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 and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them to better keep themselves safe as they head into adulthood.
Consequently, from September 2021, Relationships Education (RE for primary aged pupils) Relationships and Sex Education (RSE For pupils in Year 7 and above), along with Health Education (HE), is statutory, and forms part of the National Curriculum.  We will refer to this as the RSE curriculum and policy it covers RE, RSE and HE. 

 

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

  • Age 
  • Physical and emotional maturity 
  • Religious and cultural backgrounds 
  • Special educational needs and disabilities 

 

As part of this process, the school consulted with a range of parents, staff and governors that helped to inform our decisions on when and how certain content is covered. We are completing this consultation process now by asking for views from all parents or families.  

 

The Consultation Questions are as follows: 

(Your thoughts and views are not limited to these) 

  1. Would you like support at home, on how to communicate with your child about Relationships and Sex Education Topics? How would this be most usefully accessed by you? 
  2. Are there any changes or additions that you think should be made to the RSE Policy?
  3. Are there any changes or additions that you think should be made to the RE and RSE Curriculum content? 
  4. Thinking about both Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education, what do you believe is the most important subject area that should be taught for different age groups/key stages and why? 
  5. Thinking about Relationships and Sex Education, is there an area that you think should not be taught for different age groups/key stages and why? 
  6. What concerns do you have about supporting your child’s transition to adulthood in relation to RSE?

 

This consultation process will enable us to reach a general consensus and make adjustments to our policy and curriculum based on this feedback. 

 

The right to withdraw children from some le55ssons is explained in the ‘Right to be excused from sex education (commonly referred to as the right to withdraw)’ section of the Woodfield policy which is on our website (see below). 

To help you understand the curriculum requirements, please look at the information links below which provide more detail. 

 

Please find on our website: 

Following the link:  

https://woodfield.herts.sch.uk/relationship-and-sex-education/ 

 

  • Woodfield’s Policy for Relationships, Sex and Health Education 
  • DfE guidance that outlines statutory requirements 
  • A copy of this letter 

 

We would love to receive your feedback.  

Please share your thoughts and views by emailing  

rse@woodfield.herts.sch.uk 

 

The Consultation period will end on Monday 10th January at 12 noon.  

Then we will review the feedback and update the policy and curriculum accordingly. 

Many thanks for taking the time to read this and the associated documents. 

We know how busy you all are; your feedback will be greatly appreciated.  

 

Kind Regards 

Samantha Drury 

Assistant Headteacher 

 

Woodfield’s Relationship and Sex Education draft policy