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Statutory Guidance

The Department for Education has announced changes to Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education. These changes were due to come in to effect from September 2020. Due to Covid-19 and school closures, we have been given permission to postpone the implementation until the start of next term, where all schools will need to apply the statutory requirements. From next term RSE and Health Education will be statutory.

The statutory guidance can be found at:

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

There are also some frequently asked questions that you can access at:

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

These may answer some questions you already have. 

What will my child learn when it becomes statutory?

Relationships

The Department for Education (DfE) in the guidance state:

“The focus in primary school should be on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults.”

By the end of primary school the children will learn about:

Families and people who care for me - This will include teaching children that "families of many forms provide a nurturing environment for children. (Families can include for example, single parent families, LGBT parents, families headed by grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents and carers amongst other structures.)" DfE, 2020.

Caring Friendships

Respectful Relationships

Online Relationships

Being Safe

For more information about what is taught in these topics please check the DfE Guidance page 20, 21 and 22. 

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

 

Can I withdraw my child from the statutory RSE learning

You are unable to withdraw your child from the statutory relationships and health aspects of the RSE curriculum. 

Health

The Department for Education (DfE) in the guidance state:

“Health Education aims to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise.”

By the end of primary school the children will learn about:

Mental wellbeing

Physical health and fitness 

Healthy Eating

Drugs, alcohol and tabacco

Health and prevention

Basic first aid

Internet safety and harms 

For more information about what is taught in these topics please check the DfE Guidance page 32, 33 and 34. 

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

What would our long term overview at Batley Parish look like for teaching this?

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