Personal, Social and Health Education (incl RSE)
The information below describes our rationale for teaching PSHE & RSE in our school.
a. PSHE Curriculum Intent
Currently going through scrutiny committee following internal review through Ambition Leadership programme.
b. PSHE Statutory Guidance for Curriculum Purpose
To embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, pupils need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy. Pupils can also put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. These subjects can support young people to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support.
High quality, evidence-based and age-appropriate teaching of these subjects can help prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. They can also enable schools to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, at school and in society. The duties on schools in this area are set out in legislation
c. PSHE Knowledge Boards
We follow the National Curriculum for PSHE, this includes the new statutory expectations for RSE and Wellbeing.
We use the 3D PSHE scheme which is a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. We use the scheme and personalise it to meet the needs of our children.
An overview for the scheme of work for each phase can be viewed by following the links below:
d. Relationships and Sex Education
The DfE have published guidance for Relationships and Sex Education. Schools are required to deliver the new guidance from September 2020. We have utilised diocesan guidance in reviewing our policy and its delivery. We consulted parents in a number of ways regarding the new policy until 19th March 2020. Any views and questions were valued and communicated to parents who requested it or by attending our February 2020 Parents Forum meeting.
The Governing Body have a statutory requirement to decide whether or not sex education
should form part of the school curriculum. At St Margaret's they have decided that it should be in our curriculum.
Sex & Relationships Education is not considered as a separate subject but will be addressed in the following manner:
- Incorporated into the P.S.H.E. programme of work
- As part of the Science Curriculum incorporated within the subjects of growth and development
- Issues will be addressed as they occur naturally in the classroom and questions are answered in an appropriate manner with due regard to the
children’s level of maturity
- The ethos of the school encourages self respect and caring and loving attitudes towards each other
- Annually Year 5 pupils are given a talk by a qualified school nurse on the subject of personal hygiene and puberty. Parents are consulted before
such talks are given and may withdraw their child/children if they so desire.
The school encourages caring relationships within the doctrine of the Church whilst accepting that our children come from a variety of forms of family unit.
After consulting the policy, the leaflet of the content covered and speaking with the Headteacher, should you not wish your child to be present during Sex & Relationship sessions you should notify the Headteacher in writing. If no written notification is received your child will receive Sex & Relationship Education.
A copy of the full policy can be downloaded here: RSE Policy 2019+
A copy of our leaflet explaining the content of our
Relationships and Sex Education within our wider RSHE programme of study and the context of your child’s
Church of England School: RSE Phase 4 Leaflet 2020+