Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Consultation 2021

“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 we have made Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools in England…as well as making Health Education compulsory in all state-funded schools.”
Secretary of State Foreword   DfE Guidance 2019 p.4-5
Back in 2019, the Department for Education announced changes to relationships and sex education (RSE). These changes came into effect from September 2020 and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements by the Summer term 2021 at the latest.
“Schools are free to determine how to deliver the content set out in the DfE guidance 2019 in the context of a broad and balanced curriculum. Effective teaching in these subjects will ensure that core knowledge is broken down into units of manageable size and communicated clearly to pupils, in a carefully sequenced way, within a planned programme of lessons.”
DfE Guidance p.8
In action to DfE 2019 guidance, we have revised and redrafted our RSE curriculum and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:

- Age
- Physical and emotional maturity
- Religious and cultural backgrounds
- Special educational needs and/or disabilities 

Here, at Thomas’s Academy we value Character Curriculum as one way to support children’s development as human beings, to enable them to understand and respect who they are, to empower them with a voice and to equip them for life and learning.