‘Effective RSE does not encourage early sexual experimentation. It should teach young people to understand human sexuality and to respect themselves and others. It enables young people to mature, build their confidence and self-esteem and understand reasons for delaying sexual activity. Effective RSE also supports people throughout life to develop safe, fulfilling and healthy sexual relationships at the appropriate time.’ – DfE Statutory Guidance for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced changes to relationships and sex education (RSE). There are now parts of the PSHE curriculum that have become compulsory for all schools to deliver. Most of this content has been part of our Beliefs and Values curriculum for a number of years, and we believe the additions simply make our curriculum more inclusive and purposeful in meeting the needs of our students and community. You will be aware that our Beliefs and Values department provide an education that gives our students the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.

We are in the process of reviewing our RSE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our students based on their:

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

 

What does the new guidance mean?

The new RSE 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 young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and will help them take responsibility for their own wellbeing.

For more information on this, please see the DfE’s guides for parents by clicking here.

These are also available in

Arabic

Somali

Urdu

 

How will this be delivered?

RSE is delivered as part of the Beliefs and Values curriculum. This guidance will form part of our school’s PSHE education programme which is taught throughout the school year via lessons, visitors and assemblies. It is monitored and reviewed regularly by the staff and Governing Body.

All teaching takes place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our school ethos and values. A variety of opportunities will be offered to students to ask questions to further their understanding and to find out more about what affects them personally.

 

How do I provide my feedback?

To introduce parents to this concept and to ensure everyone is informed, we would like to review the Relationships and Sex Education policy. As a school community we are committed to working with parents. To read the current policy please click here.

If after reading the RSE policy you would like to respond, you can click on the box below to access a short survey.

The formal RSE policy consultation period ends on Thursday 1st April at 2pm.

What if I have any questions?

If you have any further questions please email us at pshe@didsburyhighschool.org.uk.