Whilst the government has not made it compulsory for primary schools to teach sex education, the government does encourage all primary schools to do so, because these ‘subjects are designed to equip your child with knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships, as well as preparing them for a successful adult life. The world for all young people looks very different from the way it did 20 years ago when this curriculum was last updated – these changes bring the content into the 21st century, so that it is relevant for your child.’ (Department of Education).
At Hillcross, we recognise that for all children to grow up healthy, happy and safe, and to be able to manage the challenges and opportunities they might be exposed to, it is necessary for them to be given relevant information. Therefore, we feel it is our safeguarding duty to teach all of these subjects, including the recommended elements of sex education. We will deliver the content of the curriculum in a way that is age and developmentally appropriate, and sensitive to the needs and religious background of our children. To do this we want to take into account the views of our children and parents to inform the planning and implementation of the curriculum.
We know that when families and school work together that children will achieve the best possible outcomes. We are therefore asking that parents and carers take the time to look at and consider:
- Our proposed Relationships, Health and Sex Education (RHSE) curriculum. Please click to access the relevant year group below:
Please click on the link to the document outlining what primary aged children should be taught in Relationships Education (RE), and Health Education (HE) Statutory Requirements for Primary Schools
There are also some useful factual guides to Relationships and Health Education for parents (this includes versions that are written in Arabic, Somali and Urdu) that are available via this link: Relationships, sex and health education: guides for parents