that in the academic year 2020/21, Relationships Education and Health Education will become statutory in all primary schools in England. This new subject will build on the non-statutory lessons we have previously taught in RSE. This means that we have been reviewing our RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:
- Physical and emotional maturity
- Religious and cultural backgrounds
- Special educational needs and disabilities
As a Catholic school, our mission is to support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all of our pupils, rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Church. The education of children in human sexuality is an important, precious and privileged responsibility. The Church teaches us that this is very much a partnership with parents, in which parents are the ‘first educators’ of their children on these matters; ultimately, you confer on us the right to co-educate your children with you.
The school currently follows the Catholic Education Service Model RSE Curriculum document. The curriculum is delivered through our Science, Bounce Back and R.E lessons and dedicated lesson time given to RSE. 'A Journey in Love' is the RSE scheme that we use at St Ursula’s as recommended by the Diocese of Brentwood.
New RSE Powerpoint for Parents
Should you wish to see copies of the teaching materials and lesson PowerPoints, these will be available from the school office for parents to review. Please do not hesitate to contact the school office and book a time to view these materials.
As a school we value the views and perspectives of all those within our school community, and as part of this process, the school is consulting with parents, staff and governors to help inform our schools’ decision on when and how certain content is covered. Once you have had the opportunity to review the materials on our website, please complete this short questionnaire to provide us with feedback before the 28th May 2021.
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Can I withdraw my child from RSE?
There is no right to withdraw pupils from Relationships Education at primary, which covers subjects such as family, friendship and safety or from teaching information that is a statutory part of the Science Curriculum. Parents retain the right to withdraw their child from the sex education parts of Relationships and Sex Education classes taught in primary school. These are covered in Journey in Love in Yr6 as outlined in the Journey in Love RSE documents. If you wish to withdraw your child from the conception lesson in Year 6, please contact the office on 01708 343170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment to discuss this.
More information can be found in our policy and via the DFE link by clicking HERE.