Relationship, Sex and Health Education

The Department for Education (DfE)  announced changes to Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) Curriculum from September 2020. These new regulations make Relationship Education compulsory. Primary schools can choose to teach sex education and it is not compulsory, with the exception of any teaching that is part of the Science National curriculum.

In order to help parents and carers, the DfE has produced the attached guide. In addition, and attached, is the DfE expectations for what our pupils are expected to know by the end of Year 6.

All teaching has to be age appropriate. We also ensure that our RSHE provision is appropriate based upon our pupil’s physical and emotional maturity, religious and cultural background and takes into account special education needs and/or disabilities.

Information for parents:

‘Leaders leave no stone unturned to ensure that the very diverse school population is treated equally and that there is a relentless focus on driving up pupil performance’…

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‘Pupils feel very safe in school because of the school’s rigorous approach to keeping them safe’…

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‘Pupils are happy and they feel safe.’…

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‘Teachers ensure that they enrich the curriculum through an extensive range of visits and experiences’…

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‘Teaching and learning are consistently good. As a result most pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics from often significantly below-average starting points’…

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‘Parents are overwhelmingly supportive, commenting very positively on the school’s many strong features’…

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‘Leaders ensure that pupils can develop essential life skills through activities such as learning to dress independently and simple food preparation’…

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‘Leaders help pupils to develop resilience and self-confidence in their learning.’…

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‘Comprehensive subject plans identify the essential knowledge and vocabulary that pupils need to learn over time.’…

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‘Children make a good start in the early years because of good teaching’…

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‘In religious
education lessons, teachers provide opportunities for pupils to understand and appreciate the different life experiences of their friends.’…

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‘Pupils with highly complex special educational needs receive outstanding levels of support.’…

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‘ A well-developed
programme for relationships education helps pupils to understand the importance of tolerance and respect for others.’…

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‘Pupils contribute significantly to the successes of the school through their outstanding behaviour and readiness to learn’…

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‘The excellent relationships between teachers and their pupils ensure lessons are purposeful and enjoyable’…

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‘The multi-academy trust has provided teachers with detailed suggestions for how to adapt every aspect of the curriculum.’…

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‘Leaders have embedded a carefully sequenced, knowledge-rich curriculum from the early years through to Year 6.’…

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‘The introduction of a comprehensively sequenced phonics programme is helping children to establish successful early reading skills from the very start of Reception.’…

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‘Leaders have high expectations of behaviour for all pupils.’…

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‘Staff morale is high, team spirit is very strong, and all are committed to continued improvement. This helps to explain why the school is continuing to improve’…

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‘From the earliest stages in Reception, adults skilfully support pupils to explain their mathematical thinking.’…

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‘The harmonious relationships among all groups, from a wide variety of backgrounds, are a strength of the school’…

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‘Relationships between adults and pupils are extremely positive.’…

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‘The Clifton ‘Good Citizen’ programme helps pupils to develop the communication and interaction skills they need for
later life.’…

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‘Teachers use
rigorous assessments to make sure that all pupils make good progress.’…

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‘The range of enrichment activities the school provides is excellent and contributes a great deal to pupils’ learning’…

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‘The highly successful promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of the school’s work’…

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‘Pupils demonstrate outstanding levels of tolerance and respect for other pupils and adults’…

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‘There is a strong sense of community in this school.’…

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‘There is a very strong focus on checking on how well different groups of pupils are learning, so that any falling behind can be immediately helped to make better progress’…

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‘Teachers provide opportunities for pupils to share experiences of their cultural beliefs and celebrations.’…

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