Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.

This is why the government has made Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools and Relationships and Sex Education compulsory in all secondary schools. In addition, Health Education is compulsory in all state-funded schools.

The new curriculum will be compulsory from September 2020.

The RSHE lead is Mrs Starkey.

RHE will be delivered following parental consultation as outlined in the policy.

Withdrawal from lessons

Relationships and health education are statutory for all primary and secondary pupils and parents do not have the right to withdraw their child from the subjects. In addition, relationship and sex education is also statutory for secondary pupils. Parents do have the right to request that their child is withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory RSE.

The Headteacher will

  • Discuss the request with the parents and, as appropriate, the child, to ensure their wishes are understood and to clarify the nature and purpose of the curriculum before granting a withdrawal request.
  • Inform parents of the benefits of their child receiving RSE and any detrimental effects that withdrawal might have.
  • Respect the parents’ request to withdraw their child up to and until three terms before the child turns 16. After this point, if the child wishes to receive RSE rather than be withdrawn, the academy will make arrangements to provide the child with RSE.
  • Ensure that pupils who are withdrawn from RSE will receive appropriate, purposeful education during the full period of withdrawal.
  • Take into account the specific needs of a pupil with SEND if a request for withdrawal is made, when making the decision to permit withdrawal.

Requests to withdraw a child from sex education will be made in writing to the Headteacher. All discussions with parents will be documented. These records will be kept securely in the school office in line with the Trust’s Retention and Management of Records Policy. The parent will be informed in writing of the Headteacher’s decision.

Policy Consultation

Following parental consultation, the RSHE Policy was amended and approved by Trustees with reference to comments received.

A final version is available on the Aquinas website.

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