PSCHE – 2020
From September 2020, the government has made it statutory that all primary age children will be taught Relationships and Health Education.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, sexuality and sexual health. It will support pupils to gain accurate information, develop skills and form positive beliefs, values and attitudes. It will also give pupils essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful, loving and non-exploitative relationships, staying safe both on and offline. This will enable them to take responsibility for their body, relationships, reproduction, sexual health and wellbeing.
High-quality SRE helps to create safe school communities in which pupils can grow, learn, and develop positive, healthy behaviours for life, and learn about safeguarding both on and offline.
Personal, Social Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE) is the heart of everything we do at Barwic!
What is PSCHE?
The curriculum complements the Thrive Approach by supporting children to understand their own and other’s feelings and develop their ability to be empathetic – to see things from another person’s point of view.
Developing children’s PSCHE skills begins in the nurturing and child-led Early Years Unit. The nursery and reception children have designated Key People and build new friendships throughout their first school years. Children’s work and achievements from home and school are shared and celebrated with parents through parental involvement in children’s learning journeys and the use of an open door (each morning and afternoon).
PSCHE continues to develop through Key Stage 1 and 2 across the school where the children are motivated and inspired to learn through a creative curriculum. Friendships with adults and children continue to grow alongside children’s self-esteem, confidence and independence.
Why we teach PSCHE by the Teachers at Barwic Parade...
Delivery of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and the curriculum
The RSE programme is firmly embedded within the school’s framework for PSHE and the National Curriculum for Science. The RSE curriculum is delivered through Science and PSHE lessons.
The RSE programme is delivered using the Busy Bodies Adolescent Development Programme which provides information on the physical and emotional changes that children may experience during puberty, to reassure them that puberty is a normal part of growing up..
Parents / Carers
School aims to work in active partnership with families, value their views and keep them informed of the RSE provision. If you have any concerns about the RSE provision then time will be taken to address your concerns. Families can be invited to review the resources and can contact the PSCHE Co-ordinator, Miss Becky Kirkland, with any queries or concerns.
The Parental Right to withdraw their child from RSE lessons
Although Relationship Education is now compulsory for all children, parents will be able to withdraw their child from primary school classes which address sex education - i.e. those that do not sit within the Relationships Education curriculum. It is important to note however that maintained primary schools are required to teach National Curriculum Science, which includes some elements of sex education and parents do not have a right to withdraw from this.
Parents wanting to exercise this right are invited to see the PSHE Co-ordinator, Miss Becky Kirkland, who will explore their concerns.
If a child is withdrawn they will be provided with alternative work for the duration of the lessons and consideration will be given on how to protect a pupil from the possible reaction of their peers to this withdrawal. Children will be aware that this withdrawal is option and they will receive guidance on how to respond to other children following the session. Should the reaction of peers become more severe it will be dealt with on a case by case basis depending on the nature and severity of the reaction.