Relationships and Health Education (RHE)
As you may already be aware, the Department for Education has announced changes to Relationships and Health Education following nationwide consultation.
These changes were due to come into effect from September 2020. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and school closures, we had deferred the implementation of the RHE curriculum. However, by the end of the Summer term 2021 all schools will be required to comply with the updated statutory requirements.
We will be implementing the RHE curriculum from the Summer 2nd half term 2021. Sex Education is not statutory in Primary schools including Infant schools and it will not be taught at William Austin Infant School.
We have made a decision to deliver the three weekly RHE lessons which will be taught in each year group over the next 3 weeks starting w/b Monday 14 June. Across each year group the three lessons will be short sessions and some will be whole class discussions with no follow up activities. These lessons will cover a range of topics and we will ensure that the teaching and learning is conducted in a safe, trusting and secure environment. Lessons will be taught sensitively and effectively to all children using age appropriate materials.
All of the relevant information and documentation have been uploaded here, including the ‘Revised Adaptation to the Christopher Winter Project Overview’ which details the lessons, topics, activities and resources to be used in each year group. We trust you will find the information useful. It clearly explains what your child will be learning in school and the resources that will be used in each lesson, and as a result if your child should ask you any questions you will know how to best address them.
Parents Consultation Questionnaire
After reading through the responses to the Parents Consultation Questionnaire, I have addressed the concerns that parents have raised and put them into a document that has been sent home with the children on Thursday 6 May. You can view that document here:
I have also revised the school's adaptation to the CWP Schemes of Learning, so that it gives more detail on the individual lessons to be taught. That, as well as a selection of Lesson worksheets are available to look at here:
The aim of William Austin Infant School is to equip children with the information, skills and values to have safe, fulfilling and enjoyable relationships, and to take responsibility for their emotional health and personal well-being. Good quality RHE promotes the core values of respect, tolerance, love and care. It also provides the opportunity for children to reflect on their own attitudes and beliefs and those of their peers and others. RHE is an integral element of personal, social and health education (PSHE) and it is therefore essential and good practice.
We have been reviewing our RHE curriculum and RHE policy so that it is in line with the statutory requirements and to ensure that our RHE provision is appropriate for our children.
At William Austin Infant School RHE lessons in Year R, Year 1 and Year 2 will follow an adaptation of the Christopher Winter Project (CWP) resource. This programme reflects the recent developments in RHE and the Science National Curriculum and has been quality assured by the PSHE Association. The schemes of work and the school's adaptation can be viewed in the documents list below.
The Government have outlined new statutory requirements for the teaching of RHE to be implemented in September 2020. The Government publications and information relating to this can be found using the link below:
We understand that there may be differences of opinion. By consulting with you it has helped to inform our school's decisions and we are confident that together we have reached a general consensus. What is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision for the school and consultation does not provide a parental veto on curriculum content as schools are legally required to follow the National Curriculum and teach its content.
In light of the current circumstances, it is not been possible for us to have a face-to-face parent’s information session. We acknowledge that it is imperative to consult with parents and provide information in an open and transparent way, and to that end we have uploaded all the documentation and resources here for you to explore.
Please look at the documents below that will give you all the information you need.