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Southfields Primary School

Southfields Primary School

PSHE including RSE

PSHE is one of the key subject at Southfields Primary School as we believe in giving our pupils the best chance at becoming successful citizens of the future contributing to their local, national and worldwide communities. We aim to immerse the children in the key principles of PSHE across the curriculum as well as teaching this as a discrete subject. We endeavour to provide our pupils with the right tools to function in a way that allows them to have a rewarding and enjoyable future. We aim to equip our pupils with the knowledge and understanding they need to be able to make and maintain healthy relationships, preserve their well-being and make the right choices for themselves. As a school we aspire to do this in a practical, enjoyable and non-judgemental environment where our pupils feel safe and valued.

The PSHE Association (2019) specifies that PSHE is taught to enable pupils to achieve their potential by eliminating any potential barriers that could affect their ability to learn such as; unhealthy relationships and anxiety. The National Curriculum (2014) affirms this by stating that PSHE should equip children with the understanding of risk and the knowledge and skills needed to make safe, informed decisions.

The Programme of Study is divided into three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.  For the purposes of the planning toolkit, each core theme has been divided into 3 topic areas:

As a primary school, in September 2020 it will be compulsory for us to teach the relationships element of the curriculum as outlined in the RSE policy which you can view below. As a school we will also be teaching some elements of the sex education to our pupils at an appropriate level. You can see what will be taught in each year group below in the document titled: PSHE by Year Group. 

What is Relationships and Sex Education?

RSE (formerly SRE) is about the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils, and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity.

RSE involves a combination of sharing information and exploring issues and values.

RSE is not about the promotion of sexual activity or a particular sexual orientation.

Rationale and Ethos:

This policy covers our school’s approach to the teaching, assessment, monitoring and review of RSE. Under ‘Policy statement: relationships education, relationships and sex education, and personal, social, health and economic education’, RSE will become statutory in all schools from September 2020. At Southfields Primary School we have chosen to implement the teaching of RSE as set out in this policy from September 2020.

Parents and carers currently have the right to withdraw their children only from all or part of those elements of RSE which are not included in the statutory national curriculum Programmes of Study for Science. They are able to withdraw their children from those elements which fall within the non-statutory guidance for PSHE. They will be made aware of the forthcoming statutory changes to Relationships Education and Health Education and the effect this will have on their rights to withdraw. The school will make alternative arrangements for children whose parents or carers withdraw them, which will include supporting parents in finding ways to deliver the content at home.

Any parent or carer who wishes to withdraw their child from non-statutory elements of RSE should, in the first instance, contact the Head Teacher to discuss this further. There will be a  discussion, to explain clearly which areas of RSE are currently statutory and which are non-statutory. We will enable parents wishing to withdraw their children from the non-statutory elements of RSE to develop their understanding of the Learning Objectives and approaches taken.

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