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From 2020 all primary and secondary schools/academies are expected to follow the statutory guidance for Relationships Education, Relationships (RSE) and Health Education.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) by the end of secondary school must cover the following themes: families, respectful relationships including friendships, managing relationships online, being safe and intimate sexual relationships including sexual health. Physical health and wellbeing must cover the overarching themes of: Mental wellbeing, Internet safety and harms, physical health and fitness, healthy eating, drugs and tobacco, health and prevention, basic first aid and the changing adolescent body. This curriculum builds upon the foundations of the statutory primary curriculum.
Relationships Education, Relationships and Health Education at Kingshurst is called PSHE. It is taught together with careers education during a weekly registration period. PSHE is provided through a spiraled curriculum which is age appropriate and in line with statutory guidance. The curriculum at Kingshurst aims to ensure that all students are empowered with the knowledge, skills and cultural capital they need to succeed in future learning, employment and therefore in life.
Alongside the statutory guidance the Trust recognises the importance of responding to the local needs of our students and therefore emerging safeguarding concerns. Therefore, the PSHE Lead, SLT and safeguarding team at Kingshurst will add to the statutory knowledge students receive throughout the year and this will be different to other schools within the trust.
How is the Kingshurst scheme of work informed?
The statutory guidance does not stipulate when during the key stage a student should receive the education of the above themes, only what they are to receive by the end of their secondary school education. Therefore, the themes have been designed to ensure they are age appropriate and are built upon throughout our students’ time at Kingshurst. Yearly consultations will be held with the student and staff body to ensure we are teaching the statutory guidance at the ‘right’ time.
It is important to note that this curriculum, as the statutory guidance states, is complemented by several national curriculum subjects: IT, Science, computing and citizenship. Therefore, students and teachers of these subjects should be able to draw links between PSHE and these subjects.
Who delivers PSHE at Kingshurst?
55 Teaching staff from across subject disciples will teach the statutory curriculum. This diversity of staff, from an array of disciplines, enhances the programme of study and in turn raises the quality of teaching and learning. Relationships between the staff and the student body should be one of mutual respect and create a whole school climate which does not tolerate discrimination of any kind.
How will Relationships Education, Relationships and Health Education be ‘assessed’ at Kingshurst?
Assessment in PSHE will not measured in the same way as other subjects. Progress checks may be carried out by teachers, but this will be in terms of updated knowledge, or a change of values and opinions within a lesson, or across a unit. Students will not receive any grade for their work in PSHE, but may receive an attitude to learning regarding the learning habits they display for the subject.
All staff teaching PSHE are expected to refer safe guarding concerns immediately. Myconcern will be used to communicate such concerns and to get the relevant support to our vulnerable students.
Do I have the right to withdraw my child at Kingshurst?
Existing legislation and Sex and Relationships Education Guidance (2000) will continue to apply until September 2020. This states that a student withdrawn by their parents cannot opt in to receive teaching on sex education, and a head teacher cannot overrule a request for withdrawal. This includes children above the age of 16.
From September 2020 the new statutory guidance states that parents will continue to have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some, or all of sex education, delivered as part of statutory RSE, but up until three school terms before the child turns 16. This means should a child wish to receive sex education lessons; they can do so without their parent’s permission.
However, before a request for withdrawal is granted, whether on current legislation or new legislation, parents expressing concern will be invited to Kingshurst by the PSHE Lead and a representative from the leadership team to talk through those concerns. This will help clarify: the nature and the purpose of the curriculum, the benefits of receiving this education and to raise concerns regarding the possible detrimental effects and safe guarding issues which could result from withdrawing the student from lessons. Once this meeting has taken place, those parents who still wish to withdraw their child, will have this documented by the school so that a future record is kept. Regardless of the applicable legislation, a student who is withdrawn from sex education will receive an appropriate, purposeful education during the period of withdrawal.
How delivery of the content will be made accessible to all pupils?
The statutory guidance highlights that Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education must be accessible for all students. Lessons have been age appropriately planned and in reference to the law. They are to be conducted in an atmosphere where students are able to discuss issues sensitively, without fear of being put-down, or asked to reveal personal information. All students at Kingshurst are therefore expected to attend mainstream lessons and receive access to the same level of education to ensure they are safe guarded from difficult situations and challenges which they may face in their future lives. Lessons regarding LGBT will be fully integrated into their programmes of study, rather than being a standalone unit or lesson.
However, relevant stakeholders will act accordingly to ensure students who are SEND or who have social, emotional and Mental Health needs are taught appropriately. Kingshurst has a SEND department called the HUB, it may be relevant to tailor the content and teaching to meet the needs and vulnerabilities of those students; this process should also involve consultation with parents.
When the content of lessons demand it, and in accordance with the Equality Act, schools in the trust may take positive action by, for example, teaching gender specific Health, RSE and relationships lessons. For example, a school in the Trust may decide to teach puberty or self-examination cancer checks separately to each gender rather than having mixed gender classes.