PHSE Including RSE

This school year, we have been implementing the PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) Programme across our school called Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE.

The lessons since September, have built upon children’s emotional literacy, self-esteem and knowledge of who they are and how they relate to each other and the world in a positive and healthy way. We are sure you will have already heard about the Jigsaw Friends and Calm Me time from your children.

The new PSHE scheme of work is a scheme which is taught throughout the year from Nursery – Y6, and incorporates the statutory DfE guidance on Relationship Education, Relationship and Sex Education (SRE) and Health Education. It also includes the statutory teaching of the Equality Act 2010.

What is Relationships and Sex Education?

The government has now made Relationships Education and Health Education statutory for all primary schools from Summer 2021.

The Government’s definition is:

“It is a lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health. It is not about the promotion of sexual activity.” (Department for Education and Employment, SRE guidance, 2000).

Please be aware that as a school, we have already made the decision not to teach the sex education part of the guidance (non- statutory). We do not feel that this is appropriate for our school community. This part of the guidance will be taught when your child attends secondary school.

What will my child be taught in their RSHE lessons?

We would like the opportunity to share the new statutory requirements with you, so you are clear about the curriculum we intend to teach your child. As always, we want to work in partnership with our parents and carers and value your thoughts, feelings and ideas to help support us in the delivery of our PSHE programme.

Your child will be taught content on the following areas:

  • Families and people who care for me
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and prevention
  • Basic first aid
  • The changing adolescent body

We hope you, like us, will see the materials in Jigsaw as educationally sound and beneficial to our children, helping to safeguard them.

When will the unit ‘The Changing Adolescent body’ be taught? 

In Year 5 and 6, your child will take part in a series of lessons which will help them to understand the changes puberty brings. There is a very serious safeguarding aspect to this work and obviously the younger year groups are not looking at these issues directly and explicitly. This unit of work (Changing Me) is undertaken in the Summer term.

We hope you will agree with us that this work is vitally important for children, that it needs to be done age-appropriately and that the Jigsaw Programme gives us a secure framework in which to do this.

 Can I remove my child from their RSHE lessons?

As our Scheme of work only covers the statutory guidance set out for Relationship Education by the DfE, parents do not have the right to withdraw their child/ren from any of the Jigsaw lessons. If you require further clarification/guidance, please contact Mrs Donald and Mrs Stockwell.

Further resources and additional information

We have added appropriate links on our website, so you can access a range of materials at your leisure and to further your understanding about the new guidance. We have also added a short questionnaire too as part of our consultation process. Please do not hesitate in getting in touch for further clarification or any further questions you may have.

Useful Resources 

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