The 'new' Department for Education statutory guidance for teaching Relationships, Health, Sex Education was published in July 2019 under the Children and Social Work Act 2017. The local Councils, in partnership with Achieving for Children, Directors of Public Health and local Councillors across Richmond and Kingston, have launched a statement of support for schools which explains the importance of teaching Relationships Education, Relationships & Sex Education. You can read this here:
At Meadlands we already teach Relationships Sex Health Education and have developed a policy and set of lessons which we launched in the summer of 2021. Prior to this the school undertook extensive CPD and developed a working party of 15 parents, who represented the genders, religions, cultures, sexual orientation and family structures from across our community. Together we developed the policy to ensure it met the requirements of the national curriculum whilst relevant and appropriate for our community.
In advance of the RSHE lessons, parents are informed about lesson content, language and aims. Please see below the letters of information for parents as well as a RSHE presentation.
As well as a letter, all parents are sent the video from our RSHE lead below:
Parents are also welcome to come into school to meet with either the Class Teacher or the Head Teacher to discuss any questions or concerns that they may have regarding content. Last year (2021) 6 parents requested such a meeting in light of the Sex Education and Equalities Week. Of these families all children went on to fully participate in these lessons.
Sitting alongside RSHE, we hold an annual Equalities Week which celebrates diversity and representation. Please see the letter attached which details the books the children study during this week as well as an example from our whole school display 'Different Families, Same Love.'