Newsletter for Parents and Carers – New Legislation
From September 2020, relationships education and health education (RHE) will become statutory in all primary schools; ‘…we have made Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools in England.’ DfE (2020)
In the light of the impact of COVID-19, the DfE has issued an amendment to the legislation:
‘Schools should aim to start preparations to deliver the new curriculum and to commence teaching the new content no later than the start of the summer term 2021.’
Children and young people will experience a range of positive and exciting opportunities as they grow up, but also challenges and risks. To help them prepare for adulthood, they need to be taught how to be safe and healthy, and how to positively manage their academic, personal and social lives.
We are developing a number of strategies, including the TPA ‘Great to Be Me’ project. This requires each school to focus on promoting the positive self-image, self-belief and emotional wellbeing of all pupils. In particular, every teacher works with their pupils to promote kindness, diversity, respect, positive body image and self- esteem.
The statutory guidance for relationships education says that by the end of primary school, pupils should know that families are important and that they can “sometimes look different” and that those differences should be respected. Pupils should know that “stable, caring relationships, which may be of different types, are at the heart of happy families”.
We value your opinions and input regarding the education of your children, therefore I am writing to invite you to share your thoughts and opinions with us regarding the proposed changes to our policy concerning our RHE curriculum.
Please read the draft policy: https://www.woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk/download-attachment/6175
If you do find time to read this policy, we look forward to hearing from you. If you have any feedback and/or queries, please feel free to share your feedback as part of the consultation via the google form here.
Mrs Claire Baldock
Head of School