RSHE consultation for parents and carers

We are inviting parents and carers to spend some time reviewing our RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education) curriculum.  It is now mandatory (required by law and compulsory) that that Relationships Education (RE) and Health Education (HE) are taught in primary schools and that Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is taught in secondary schools.  We had hoped to be able to consult with parents earlier in the academic year about this curriculum, but due to the partial school closures, we felt this would have been untimely to ask even more of our families.

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:

  1. Our proposed Relationships, Health and Sex Education (RHSE) curriculum.  Please click to access the relevant year group below:
  1. The document outlining what primary aged children should be taught in RE (Relationship Education) and HE (Health Education) please click here
  2. Once these documents have been looked at, we are asking parents and carers to complete  this survey, so that we can answer any queries you may have and take into account your views and opinions when drafting, and then implementing, the Relationships, Health and Sex Education (RHSE) policy and curriculum. 

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:  please click here

We are asking that parents and carers complete the reading of the documents and the survey by Monday 22nd March 2021 in order that we can analyse and follow up on responses in time to meet the government deadline (revised due to COVID-19) of implementing the revised curriculum in the summer term 2021.

Hillcross Primary School, Ashridge Way, Morden, Surrey, SM4 4EE

020 8542 6936

info@hillcross.merton.sch.uk