RSE - Relationship and Sex Education

North Walkden Primary School:  PSHE + RSE Updates

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. As a part of your child’s educational experience at North Walkden 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.

Our Aim

Our aim is to give our pupils 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. By 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 covered in our scheme and will be delivered in an age-appropriate way and meet the needs of all pupils in the class.

We have reviewed our RSE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our PSHE and 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

You, Me and PSHE

Through the use of the You, Me and PSHE scheme, North Walkden’s aim is that PSHE teaching with help our children develop their awareness, skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe and to make positive, 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.

Our PSHE scheme of work- You, Me PSHE is divided into 7 different strands, with age appropriate topics for each of the year groups 1-6. There will be one topic each half term.

  • Drug, alcohol and tobacco education
  • Keeping safe and managing risk
  • Mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Physical health and wellbeing
  • Careers, financial capability and economic wellbeing
  • Identity, society and equality
  • RSE- Sex and relationship education (Year 2,5,6- during the Summer Term)

 A Knowledge and Progression Grid for Year 1-6 can be found in the attached documents below. This gives a detailed breakdown of what your child will be taught within each of the 7 strands of our PSHE programme.

An overview of what your child will be taught will be shared at the beginning of each half term. Our Sex and Relationships Education units are taught in Year 2, 5 and 6 at North Walkden and these are delivered by the class teachers, at the end of the school year during the summer term. Again, the content of these lessons will be shared with you before the lessons take place.

Right to withdraw -RSE

RSE is a vital part of the school curriculum and supports child development and we strongly advise parents/carers to carefully consider their decision before withdrawing their child from this aspect of school life.

Parents may only withdraw their children from certain Sex Education lessons that take place in Years Two and Six. Please read the ‘Right to withdraw parent guidance’ letter attached below for more details regarding which lessons you have the right to withdraw your child from and the process for doing this.

All other PSHE and RSE lessons are statutory, including lessons that fall under the Science curriculum- which includes content on human development, therefore there is no right to withdraw from these lessons.

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 the policy, then please complete the Parent Consultation questionnaire that has been emailed to you or contact the PSHE Coordinator, Miss Briggs or Mrs Warburton for further information.

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Worsley Road North, Walkden

Worsley, Manchester, Lancs, M28 3QD

Tel: 0161 921 2921

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