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RSE/PSHE Consultation 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

As part of your child’s educational experience at Lympne CEP School, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education that 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.

As you may already be aware, the DfE has announced changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation. These changes will come into effect from September 2020 and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements. Due to Covid 19, schools have been able to delay this until the summer of 2021. The statutory guidance can be found at:


The new guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It aslo 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 along with Health Education is statutory and form part of the National Curriculum. For secondary schools, Sex Eduation will also become statutory. However the DfE continue to recommend that all primary schools should have a sex education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils.

Where schools provide sex education at Key Stages 1 and 2 parents will have the right to withdraw their child from sex education but not from statutory Relationship Education, Heatth Education or what is taught in the science curriculum.

This means we have been reviewing our policy and provision so we can be sure that our PSHE/RSE provision is appropriate for all pupils.

Whilst we recoginse that there may be differences of opinion about this, we hope that by consulting with you, this can help to inform our school’s decisions on content and enable us to reach a general consensus. Consequently as part of this review we would welcome you views on our draft policy.

In particular, we are keen to gather your views on the section on Sex Education which currently offers 2 options, it is these 2 options particularly where we seek your views as to which you would feel more comfortable your child being taught.

What is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision for the school and governing body and consultation does not provide a parent veto on curriculum content as schools are legally required to teach the national curriulcum. The right to withdraw from some lessons is also explained within the policy.

With the policy we have included some additional resources to help with your thinking – obviously at these times we are only able to consult virtually so hopefully these may help you to understand the curriculum requirements.

There is also a questionnaire set up on ‘Forms’ – see link below which if you have time to complete would be very beneficial for us.

Your views are very important to us and we will respond to you on the outcome of this process later this term. Once we have considered all the feedback, the finalised PSHE/RSE Policy will be uploaded to the school’s website.

Final date for consulation with parents will be Friday 23rd April 2021.

We hope this letter and the information attached goes some way to answer any  questions you may have. If you have any queries or concerns regarding the consulation process, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your continued support.

RSE/PSHE Proposed Policy

DfE Guidance and Information for parents


Jigsaw Curriculum Overview - What is taught when.