Relationships and Sex Education
The Department of Education Changes to Relationships and Sex Education
The Department for Education have made the Health Education and Relationships Education aspects of PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) education compulsory in all primary schools from September 2020. Therefore, all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements. As before at Norbury Manor, parents may withdraw their children from Sex Education, which takes place in Years Four and Six. However, for the science curriculum- which includes content on human development, there is no right to withdraw from.
As a part of your child’s educational experience at Norbury Manor Primary, we already promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensively taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education through our You, Me and PSHE scheme, which gives our young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.
The new guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, it will give young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and will help them take responsibility for their own well-being. All of these areas are already covered in our scheme and will be delivered in an age-appropriate way and meet the needs of all pupils in the class
Therefore, we have reviewed our RSE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on:
- Our pupils’ age and maturity levels, as well as their cultural and religious backgrounds
- The values of our school community
- Every pupil’s learning needs
- What pupils need to know to be healthy and safe in school, in their personal relationships and in the wider world
To ensure everyone is informed, the Relationships and Sex Education policy, which also contains important information for parents who may wish to withdraw their children from these classes is now on our website.
As a school community, we are committed to working with parents. If you would like to find out more, make any comments or provide feedback on policy, please contact the PSHE Coordinator, Ms Lordan at email@example.com.
You Me and PSHE Scheme
At Norbury Manor Primary School we follow the You, Me and PSHE scheme. We use this alongside responding to the needs of our children as well as any events that may arise. This ensures that our approach to PSHE is personal and tailored to the needs of our children.
Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important subject to teach, it is vital if our children are to learn how to keep safe and happy in an ever-changing world. PSHE lessons equip pupils with knowledge, understanding and skills to help them to explore and develop attitudes and values.
Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is also reflected through the child’s whole school experience, such as assemblies, school visits and our themed challenge weeks.
You, Me and PSHE, is a comprehensive scheme of work, which we are introducing into our KS1 and KS2 class PSHE teaching and learning.
You, me and PSHE is a clear and progressive scheme of work, which builds children’s personal, social and life skills, as they move through school. Children learn about how to identify and deal with their emotions and feelings, explore health-related issues, understand themselves, relationships with others and their place in the world, learn about managing finances as well as the world of work and planning for the future. It supports children to lead healthy, safe, fulfilled and responsible lives and most importantly to feel good about themselves.
You, me and PSHE enables each class teacher to adapt their PSHE teaching to fit alongside other curriculum subjects: for example, Keeping Safe and Managing Risks theme, fits alongside our ICT lessons on internet safety.
PSHE is divided into 7 different strands, with age appropriate topics for each age group. One topic per half term is taught to each year group.
- Relationships and Sex Education
- Drug, alcohol and Tobacco Education
- Physical health and well-being
- Mental Health and emotional well-being
- Keeping safe and managing risk
- Careers, financial capability and economic well-being
- Identity, society and equality
Important features of PSHE lessons are that they are interactive, thought provoking and relevant. In each class, we start by establishing ground rules, to ensure that everyone feels respected, happy and safe in making an active contribution. We use a range of teaching strategies to bring sometimes sensitive subjects to life such as freeze framing, hot seating, sentence starters and group discussions.
Our tracking of progress in PSHE includes assessment tasks linked to topics and also takes account of as well as how children are applying their personal, emotional and social skills in day to day life. At the beginning of each half term’s topics we have a ‘cold’ assessment task which we then repeat at the end when the children’s knowledge and understanding has warmed up! This enables us to assess the children’s progress in understanding the topics covered.
Through the You, Me and PSHE scheme at Norbury Manor, PSHE learning helps children develop their awareness, skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe and to make positive and healthy lifestyle choices. We want PSHE learning to be relevant, responsive and engaging. Our intention is to open doors outwards and prepare our children for life in multi-cultural, modern Britain; promoting positive, healthy habits for both physical and mental health to thrive. We want children to think, talk and make up their own minds as they explore topical issues and to develop their confidence to share feelings, experiences and find their voice on issues affecting themselves, friends, family, community, country and globally. Active teaching strategies enable all children to come into their own as they have the chance to take on roles or to respond to scenarios. In addition, we understand that some personal and social learning is best addressed through work with small groups for example targeted emotional literacy or negotiating friendship dynamics. We also make room for individual work with children who are experiencing particular issues, such as loss, separation or bereavement.
DFE Parent Guide and School Policy
RSE primary schools guide for parents English Version.pdf
RSE primary schools guide for parents Arabic Version.pdf
RSE primary schools guide for parents Somali Version.pdf
RSE primary schools guide for parents Urdu Version.pdf
Useful Links for Parents
PSHE learning is all around us. The personal, social, health and economic development of our children is achieved through partnership between school and the family. Please take a look at the links below to find out more about our teaching and learning.
PSHE Association- A Guide for Parents