Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) and
Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)
From September 2020, it is a statutory requirement that all schools in England and Wales are teaching Relationship and Sex Education as a fundamental part of the curriculum. Due to school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, this deadline has been extended to Summer term 2021.
As part of implementing the RSE curriculum, schools must consult with the children, parents, staff and governors to ensure that there is a general consensus on our approaches to policy and the curriculum content.
Hillside Community Primary School completed a consultation period in Autumn 2020; with the following results being noted:
- 100% of respondents believed that PSHE / RSE education is an important part of the school curriculum
- 100% of respondents believed that PSHE / RSE topics taught in school can make a real difference to young people's lives
- 100% of respondents feel happy to talk with their child about growing up, relationships and sex
- All respondents (except 1) understand and agree with the content of the PSHE / RSE policy including the use of scientific vocabulary for body anatomy
- All respondents (except 1) felt that there were no additions or changes required to the draft policy. The one suggestion for change was related to the use of scientific vocabulary for body parts; this parent felt that scientific vocabulary was unnecessary.
- No respondents requested additional information or guidance for PSHE / RSE
Following on from this consultation, the draft policy has been 'tweaked' and is now with the Governing Body for ratification; a copy of this can be viewed below.
As a school we will continue to use Jigsaw as our PSHE / Health & Well-being Programme; it offers a comprehensive programme which includes the statutory RSE in an age appropriate way. The Jigsaw link to the statutory guidance can also be viewed below.
If you wish to carry out further reading around RSE, the following documents may be of use to you: