In the academic year 2020/21, Relationships Education and Health Education will become statutory in all primary schools in England. This new subject will build on the non-statutory lessons we have previously taught in Relationships and Sex Education.
As a Catholic school, our mission is to support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all of our pupils, rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Church. The education of children in human sexuality is an important, precious and privileged responsibility. The Church teaches us that this is very much a partnership with parents, in which parents are the ‘first educators’ of their children on these matters and that we then work together to co-educate your children with you.
We have been researching various programmes that are available and have decided to adopt Life to the Full by TenTen Resources. TenTen is an award-winning Catholic educational organisation that is well-respected and very experienced in this field of work.
Life to the Full has been approved by our Diocese. Furthermore, TenTen have entered into a partnership with the Catholic Education Service and the Department for Education to provide training for teachers in Catholic schools on the subject of the new statutory curriculum. Therefore, we are confident that this programme is a very good fit for our school.
Through their programme, TenTen understand the foundational role that parents have in educating and nurturing their children on these matters. Within the programme, they have built in resources which will not only keep you informed about what is being taught in school, but will also give you the opportunity to engage your children in discussion, activity and prayer.
We would like to have your feedback on our approach, and particularly on the key decisions that we need to take regarding the teaching of certain topics. To this end, we have opened a consultation period during which we welcome your feedback.
We have put a short PowerPoint with brief details onto our school website and TenTen have provided an online Parent Consultation Tool. This is a simple-to-follow, short online course which:
TenTen have also provided an Online Parent Portal which will keep you informed and updated about the work we are doing in school.
To take part in the consultation, please do the following:
As previously stated, Relationships Education and Health Education will be statutory in all primary schools and the guidance states that it is compulsory for all children to take part in Relationship and Health Education. However, if parents strongly object to the school provision for Sex Education and wish to carry out this teaching themselves, then their children can be taken out of the Sex education lessons.
The scheme we use is mostly Relationships and Health Education. Sex Education only takes place in Year 5 and Year 6 and therefore there are only a couple of lessons that pupils may be withdrawn from.
If you do not wish for your child to take part in Sex Education lessons when in Year 5 and Year 6 there is a process that must be followed:
If for any reason you find it difficult to access the portal or questionnaire please contact the school office and we can try to help you to take part in the consultation process.
All this information will be on the website under Latest News and you can click on the links there.
We hope that our consultation will assure you about the new provision we will be using to teach Relationship, Health and Sex Education and the sensitive approach that the school will be taking towards this subject.
Mrs Sue GrayRE Curriculum Lead