Parent consultation on changes to Relationship and Sex Education.
As a part of your child’s educational experience at St George’s Primary School, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education; at St George’s this is taught through the Jigsaw programme. This gives children and young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.
The Department for Education has made changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation which came into effect from September 2020 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found here.
The guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships.
Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own well-being.
Consequently, from September 2020, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, will be statutory, and form part of the National Curriculum. The Jigsaw programme has been updated in line with the new guidance and we will be following the updated programme. We have also reviewed our RSE policy in line with the DfE changes.
As part of this process, we need to consult with parents on our plans for implementing these changes. We will not implement any changes until the consultation is complete. For more information on our plans please follow the links below to our draft RSE policy, and parent/carer information leaflets from Jigsaw.
We would also like to invite you to an online meeting during which we will share a PowerPoint about how relationship and sex education is taught through the Jigsaw programme.
This meeting has been postponed due to staff absence - we will be in touch with a new data as soon as possible.
Following the meeting a Google Form will be shared with all parents on which you can share your views on the proposed changes. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.
The consultation period will end on Friday 14th May 2021