Relationship and Sex Education at Shelton Juniors
Understanding Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in your child’s primary school: A Guide for Parents
We want all children to grow up healthy, happy, safe, and able to manage the challenges and opportunities of modern Britain. That is why, from the academic year 2020/2021, all primary age children will be taught Relationships and Health Education.
These subjects are designed to equip your child with knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a successful adult life. The world for all young people looks very different from the way it did 20 years ago when this curriculum was last updated – these changes bring the content into the 21st century, so that it is relevant for your child.
Shelton Junior School will have flexibility to deliver the content in a way that is age and developmentally appropriate and sensitive to the needs and religious background of its pupils.
The Statutory government guidance that we must follow for RSE can be found at:
Relationships Education will put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online.
Your child will be taught what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who can support them. In an age-appropriate way, your child’s school will cover how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect.
By the end of primary school, pupils will have been taught content about:
- families and people who care for me
- caring friendships
- respectful relationships
- online relationships
- being safe
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, pupils will have been taught content on:
- mental wellbeing
- internet safety and harms
- physical health and fitness
- healthy eating
- facts and risks associated with drugs, alcohol and tobacco
- health and prevention
- basic first aid
- changing adolescent body
Your rights as a parent
The important lessons you teach your child about healthy relationships, looking after themselves and staying safe, are respected and valued under this new curriculum. Teaching at school will complement and reinforce the lessons you teach your child as they grow up.
At Shelton Junior School, it’s important to us that we progress our plans for RSE alongside your views as parents and develop and renew our policies on Relationships Education accordingly.
You can express your opinion in the form below, and this will help us decide how and when to cover the content of the statutory guidance. It may also help us decide whether to teach additional non-statutory content.
Right to withdraw your child
You cannot withdraw your child from Relationships Education because it is important that all children receive this content, covering topics such as friendships and how to stay safe.
If you do not want your child to take part in some or all of the lessons on Sex Education, you can ask that they are withdrawn. At primary level, the head teacher must grant this request.
The science curriculum in all maintained schools also includes content on human development, including reproduction, which there is no right to withdraw from. If you want to know more about what will be taught as part of the new subjects, the best thing to do is speak to the RSE co-ordinator (Mrs Culling), read our proposed RSE policy and the document from Gov.UK:
Shelton Junior School’s RSE Scheme
The comprehensive program of RSE, used by Shelton Junior School is called the Christopher Winter Project. It provides accurate information about the body, reproduction, sex, and sexual health. It also gives children and young people essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful and non-exploitative relationships, focusing on staying safe both on and offline. Below you can see the topic overviews covered by the scheme in each year group.
If you would like to review the resources to be used in a particular year group in more detail, please contact us and we can arrange a remote meeting to show these to you.
Shelton Junior School’s RSE Policy Consultation
Our consultation has now come to an end. Please see the feedback to your responses below. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the RSE curriculum please arrange a meeting with Mrs Culling.
Below is the guide from our consultation period