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Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)

at St Elisabeth's CE Primary School

As a part of your child’s educational experience at St Elisabeth's CE Primary 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, under-standing, 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 (Summer 2021 following COVID) and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements, view the statutory guidance on this link.

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 Summer 2021, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, will be statutory, and form part of the National Curriculum.

We have reviewed our RSHE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:

  • Age
  • Physical and emotional maturity
  • Religious and cultural backgrounds
  • Special educational needs and disabilities

Parental Rights of Withdrawal of RSHE

We recognise that there may be a variety of responses from parents to the teaching of the RSE curriculum. Some parents may not wish the school to give their child any information about the changes that take place during puberty. These parents have the ‘right to withdraw’ their child from the puberty lessons however we do not encourage this; research shows sex education is best taught by trained educators through a safe and positive learning environment. Parents need to be aware that misconceptions can arise from natural conversations outside of these lessons therefore we advise all children to be present during these lessons.

All parents have the ‘right to withdraw’ their children from the sex education part of the school’s RSE programme except the formal RSE elements found in the statutory National Curriculum Science (see section 8 of RSE Policy for further details). If a parent(s) wish to withdraw their child from these lessons, it must be made in writing to the Head of School.

Recommended reads:

Help Your Kids with Growing Up: A No-Nonsense Guide to Puberty and Adolescence by Robert Winston

What's Happening to Me? (Girls Edition) (Facts of Life) by Susan Meredith

What's Happening to Me?: Boy (Facts Of Life) by Alex Frith


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