PSHE, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Consultation
The Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education (RSE). These changes will come into effect from September 2020 (delayed until 2021 due to COVID-19 disruptions) and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements. This means that we are in the process of reviewing our RSE 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/or disabilities
You will be aware that, as a part of your child’s educational experience at Holy Trinity School, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives our students the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.
What does the new guidance mean?
The new RSE 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, 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.
Holy Trinity School will be starting their consultation process, which will run through July.
As part of this, parents, staff and governors, will be asked to read through the following documents and make comments on them if they wish to:
HTS RSE Policy (available here)
Prep Curriculum Overview
During key stages 1 and 2, PSHE education offers both explicit and implicit learning opportunities and experiences which reflect pupils’ increasing independence and physical and social awareness, as they move through the primary phase.
Our PSHE education lessons build on the skills that pupils started to acquire during the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) to develop effective relationships, assume greater personal responsibility and manage personal safety, including online. Our quality PSHE education helps pupils to manage their own physical and emotional changes, introduces them to a wider world and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities.
Our PSHE programme follows the three core themes, ‘Health and Well-Being’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Living in the wider’. At Holy Trinity School, we ensure that pupils receive timetabled PSHE lessons, additionally, other curriculum subjects have opportunities to make links with the PSHE Framework through their programme of study.
- English – skills in enquiry and communication, use of resources, discussion and presentation of arguments, texts with personal, health and relationship issues.
- Mathematics – aspects of financial capability. • Science – teaching and learning on health, drugs (including medicines), sex education and safety.
- Design Technology and Home Economics – health, safety and hygiene issues, the consideration of social, moral and cultural dilemmas associated with the global environmental impact of products.
- Computing – finding ICT based information, handling data, e-mail for communication and exchange of ideas and considering the ethical impact of the use of computers on our lives; looking at the impact of legislation such as the Data Protection Act.
- History – ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of people from the past, issues of cultural diversity including Britishness & Democracy.
- Geography – implications of sustainable development for pupils’ own life, study of cultural differences, skills of geographical enquiry including communication.
- Modern Foreign Languages – communication in the target language and learning about culture, customs and beliefs, exchange visits and host visits.
- Art and Design – respect of the differences between people through an investigation of artists, craftspeople and designers from Europe and the rest of the world.
- Music – making the most of abilities and working with others when playing or singing, issues of cultural diversity, their value and expression.
- Physical Education – teaching and learning about health, safety and fitness, development of co-operation and commitment, teamwork. Inter school competition.
- Religious Studies - religious and moral beliefs, values and practices that underpin and influence personal and social issues and relationships.
Assessment in PSHE
Assessment will take place in the classroom as is appropriate to the task being undertaken. In oral work or role play this may be simply an observation of the learning outcome. In some cases there may be written evidence. Self and Peer assessment will be actively encouraged and pupils allowed time to reflect on their progress and achievement.
From September 2020 it has become statutory to deliver relationships and health education in primary schools. This already forms part of our existing curriculum and will continue to be delivered in PSHE lessons and science lessons on a weekly basis. Please see the separate RSE policy for further guidance.
SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural)
Pupil’s spiritual development can be seen through:
- The growth of their sense of self-worth through reflection of their personal values, beliefs, experiences, strengths and weaknesses
- Exploring the values and beliefs of others and developing a respect for these
- A sense of passion and enjoyment in their learning, and about themselves and the world around them
Pupil’s moral development can be seen through:
- Being able to recognise the difference between right and wrong and the willingness to apply this understanding to their own lives
- An understanding of their own and other’s actions and a readiness to accept the consequences
- Exploring moral codes and values, and ethical issues within school and the wider society, and to apply their understanding of what is the right thing to do
Pupil’s cultural development can be seen through:
- Understanding and appreciating a wide variety of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and development
- A willingness to take part in, and respond to artistic, musical sporting and cultural diversity including how they accept, respect, and celebrate diversity through their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local and wider communities.
Pupil’s social development can be seen through:
- An understanding of the rights and responsibilities of being members of families and communities and appreciating how these function
- Developing their personal qualities and social skills through working with people of different ages, abilities, gender, religious, ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
- A willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively to work towards positive outcomes.
Senior Curriculum Overviews:
For further information: