This was meant to be our residential week but this was sadly cancelled due to the pandemic. However, our Year 5/6 and office teams managed to find an alternative, then plan and organise a day outing at Fairthorne Manor instead. The children had a wonderful time taking part in a wide range of outdoor activities – despite the very wet weather, especially on the Wednesday trip!
Relationships and Sex Education Policy
Back in February 2020, just before went into lockdown we shared our draft Relationships and Sex Education Policy in our blog for consultation purposes.
Thank you to all of the parents who contributed to the consultation and we now have a final version (click here). The guidance around this is now statutory with the main focus in primary schools being on ‘relationships and health’. I have included two extracts below from the government guidance, which hopefully will answer some of the questions I received.
Sex education is not compulsory in primary schools but the Department for Education states the following:
Therefore, the main content of our sex education curriculum is covered in the latter stages of Year 6.
One of the other parental consultation questions was around the ‘right to withdraw’ their child from sex education. To clarify, parents and carers do have the right to withdraw their children from the sex education part of the curriculum but not the relationships or health content.
We also cover areas relating to relationships and sex education, as per the guidance, which states the following:
A further question related to LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, bixsexual and Transgender. The new guidance states this:
At Rownhams, we will cover this area, as it is appropriate, to ensure children are able to value our similarities and differences and understand the importance of equality and respect.
The following guidance was used to support the development of this policy
Statutory Guidance from the DfE:
Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education guidance
Guidance for Church of England schools on challenging homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying
Valuing All God’s Children
Remote Learning Policy
I talked about our Remote Learning Policy in a previous blog. I am pleased to say that we have now uploaded this to the website (currently found in the website footer) or you can click on the link here.