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.
St John's Catholic Primary School completed a consultation period in Spring 2021; with the following results being noted:
- All respondents (except 1) 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
- 100% respondents 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 a concern that SEN children would not understand the RSE teaching. As a school, we will work closely with parents / carers of SEN children to adapt RSE teaching for individuals needs.
- No respondents requested additional information or guidance for PSHE / RSE
Following on from this consultation, the draft policy is now with the Governing Body for ratification; a copy of this can be viewed below.
Our PSHE / Health & Well-being Programme is Jigsaw; it offers a comprehensive programme in an age appropriate way, and may be used to supplement the RSE lessons, however the Liverpool Archdiocese recommendation of 'A Journey in Love' is our primary RSE programme of work, a link of which can be found below.
If you wish to carry out further reading around RSE, the following documents may be of use to you: