RSHE Consultation Information Summer 2021
What is RSHE?
RSHE stands for Relationships, Sex and Health Education. It is now compulsory in primary schools and is taught at Wanstead Church School from September 2021. Relationships and Health lessons are compulsory in the curriculum, but parents continue to reserve the right to withdraw their child from Sex Education lessons if they would prefer. Details of how to withdraw your child are in the policy (below).
How will is it taught?
Relationships and Health lessons are taught in place of the existing PSHE lessons, which are called “Wellbeing and Wellness” lessons from September 2021. The Relationships and Health curriculum is also covered in Science lessons, in everyday classroom experiences and in Collective Worship. Parents and children won’t notice much difference as Wanstead Church School has always taught these aspects of the curriculum explicitly, particularly due to our Christian nature as a school.
Sex Education will continue to be taught in a set week in the summer term. Again, you won’t notice much difference in these lessons to how things have been taught in the past, although we will be introducing some scientific language to the children at an earlier stage, in line with the new syllabus.
The school is following the Redbridge recommended syllabus for teaching RSHE.
The school has purchased the Jigsaw scheme, which is a high quality, highly recommended scheme that many schools use. This supports the teachers in ensuring quality teaching of Relationships and Health Education through consistent resourcing.
The school will continue to use the Teaching with Confidence resources for Sex Education, which have been used in the past, supplemented with the new Jigsaw resources.
How did the school make these decisions?
Miss Simpson worked as part of the Redbridge Working Party of teachers and had input into the creation of the Redbridge syllabus for RSHE and the policy. She worked closely with our Assistant Headteacher and Curriculum Leader, Ms Clayton, to ensure that the syllabus fulfils the requirements of the Church of England recommendations too. We also worked closely with other local schools and discussed our recommendations in detail with a designated group of school governors.
What consultation took place?
Parents were invited to complete the local authority's consultation and some Wanstead Church School parents subsequently took part in parent working parties with the local authority. The local authority worked extensively with various parties, including faith leaders, to develop and refine the policy and syllabus over the past year.
The school made available the proposed teaching materials for all parents to view. Comments and questions were considered and a parent information meeting was then held on Zoom.