Relationship, Sex and Health Education

The Department for Education (DfE) announced changes to Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) Curriculum. These new regulations will make Relationship Education compulsory. Primary schools can choose to teach sex education and it will not be compulsory, with the exception of any teaching that is part of the Science National curriculum.

These changes came into effect from September 2020 and all schools have to comply with the updated requirements.

In order to help parents and carers, the DfE has produced the attached guide. In addition, and attached, is the DfE expectations for what our pupils will be expected to know by the end of Year 6.

All teaching has to be age appropriate. We also need to ensure that our RSHE provision is appropriate based upon our pupil’s physical and emotional maturity, religious and cultural background and takes into account special education needs and/or disabilities.

‘Children in early years learn phonics as soon as they start school.’

Ofsted

‘Pupils talk with pride about the ‘leading learner’ badges
they get for reading regularly, arriving on time and trying hard.’

Ofsted

‘In Reception, phonics is taught every day.’

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‘All
adults have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour.’

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‘Pupils thrive at this inclusive school.’

Ofsted

‘Teachers have strong subject
knowledge and use geographical vocabulary with precision.’

Ofsted

‘Pupils could talk about rainfall and temperature graphs, as well as the impact of the River Nile on Egyptian settlements.’

Ofsted

‘ Subject leaders benefit from meeting staff in
other trust schools to exchange ideas and good practice.’

Ofsted

‘Teachers model language and sounds accurately. This means that Reception children get off to a strong start with their reading.’

Ofsted

‘The governing body challenges leaders on the actions they are taking to improve the school.’

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‘Pupils enjoy the books their teacher reads to them.’

Ofsted

‘The geography curriculum is a strength of the school.
Leaders have carefully set out what they want pupils to know by the end of each year.’

Ofsted

‘Reception children get opportunities to explore numbers all the time.
Daily mathematics lessons help them to count with speed and confidence.’

Ofsted

‘All pupils know the school rules.’

Ofsted

‘Pupils are very positive about their
mathematics work.’

Ofsted

‘Leaders’ relationships and sex education and health education
curriculums give pupils an age-appropriate understanding of healthy relationships.’

Ofsted

‘Classrooms are oases of calm. As a
result, pupils are happy. They feel safe at school.’

Ofsted

‘One pupil told the
inspector that, ‘school is amazing because teachers include everyone.’

Ofsted

‘Pupils who are falling behind in their phonics get extra help to catch up.’

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‘Teachers say that leaders listen to their views and help them to manage their workload.’

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‘Teachers use ‘pinny time’ to revisit the sounds that children have been
taught, as they learn through play.’

Ofsted

‘Staff are happy, and morale
is high.’

Ofsted

‘In mathematics, teachers make daily checks on pupils’ understanding. This ensures that the work pupils do is suitably challenging.’

Ofsted

‘Pupils discuss and analyse texts during their
‘reading mastery’ lessons.’

Ofsted

‘The reading curriculum is well organised.’

Ofsted

‘Leaders
have provided teachers with the phonics training they need.’

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