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From September 2020, a new Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education curriculum is being introduced by the government. Relationships and Health Education will be mandatory for all pupils in primary schools from Summer 2021, with primary schools having the option to teach non-mandatory aspects of sex education.
The aim of the curriculum is to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online.
The government advocates that high quality, evidence-based and age-appropriate teaching of the subject can help prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life, and places an emphasis on keeping children safe.
Sex education is not compulsory in primary schools, although we are encouraged by the DfE to determine if we choose to teach some of the aspects of sex education to meet the needs of our pupils. The DfE recommends that all primary schools should have a sex education programme tailored to the age and physical and emotional maturity of the pupils.
A four-week consultation period is now open. Your views on the policy are welcomed and should be submitted to the school office Friday 9th October at 3pm, in order for them to be considered before the final policy document is published. We appreciate that you may have comments about statutory content of the curriculum which we value, however where content is compulsory, we are unable to make changes to these.