Changes to the provision of PSHE / RSE from September 2020
With effect from September 2020 the content of school provision in PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) and RSE (Relationships & Sex Education) has changed with statutory elements being added.
CPS has always taught a relatively broad curriculum within PSHE that references many areas such as drugs, relationships, tolerance, online safety etc and this continues in the new guidance along with many new areas of learning.
'Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory RSE. Before granting any such request it would be good practice for the headteacher to discuss the request with parents and, as appropriate, with the child to ensure that their wishes are understood and to clarify the nature and purpose of the curriculum. Schools will want to document this process to ensure a record is kept.'
At CPS, much of the 'Sex Education' element falls within the parameters of the science topics of learning which include life cycles, health & hygiene and puberty and is therefore part of the normal cycle of teaching. Additional information will be shared with parents prior to teaching to allow for informed decisions to be made regarding whether you choose to opt out - which must be done in writing.
Additionally, we also engage our Year 5 & 6 children in 'Project 10' which is a Safeguarding project for young people and their parents. It was developed by the Safeguarding in Partnership (SiP), which is a collaborative steering group of: Thames Valley Police; the Kidlington partnership of schools; Abingdon and Witney College; and the Oxfordshire Locality and Community Support Service.
The aim of the project is to raise awareness of the need to promote safety and well-being of young people, by teaching them about their legal rights and responsibilities.