PHSE new curriculum consultation
Update May 2021
Re – Relationships, Health and Sex Education Information – Family Consultation.
You may remember we wrote to you in March 2021 to update you on our ongoing consultation regarding the announcement that ‘Sex and Relationships Education’ was going to be compulsory.
A brief reminder – Relationships Education and Health Education will be compulsory for primary schools. Sex Education is not compulsory and we will not be teaching this element at Bowker Vale. Please see the PSHE new curriculum consultation page, under PARENTS & FAMILIES on school’s website www.bowkervale.manchester.sch.uk for copies of our previous letters and further information about the PSHE curriculum we will be teaching at Bowker Vale.
In March 2021 you received a survey via the Parents App regarding the new PSHE curriculum. I would firstly like to thank you for your participation and feedback in regards to this.
92 of our families responded to the survey and out of those families 100% read the policy. Some families were contacted individually as they asked for more information.
The consultation period has now come to an end and the policy for our new PSHE curriculum has been agreed by our school Governors. The policy will be published on our school website and available to view. The Relationships Education element of our PSHE curriculum will now be taught, alongside the Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing and Living in the Wider World themes which have already been introduced.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs Chloe Mottershead Mrs Rachel Jacques
PSHE Lead Head Teacher
Update March 2021
Re – Relationships, Health and Sex Education Information - Family Consultation
You may remember back in March 2020 we were beginning to share information with you information regarding the announcement that ‘Sex and Relationship Education’ was going to be compulsory from Sept 2020. There have been delays for obvious reasons, but we are now ready to move forward again in our consultation with you regarding this.
In brief - Relationships Education and Health Education will be compulsory for primary schools. Sex education is not compulsory and we will not be teaching this element at Bowker Vale. We know that this is a sensitive subject, and we want to reassure you that we will be handling it in a way that’s appropriate for your child’s age and level of understanding.
Each week, each year group from Nursery to Year 6 have a weekly Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) lesson. PSHE is statutory and forms part of the National Curriculum. At Bowker Vale Primary School, our programme of study is taught in the context of three core themes:
- Relationships Education,
- Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing and
- Living in the Wider World.
The scheme of work which we follow in school is called the ‘3d Curriculum’. Since September, your child has been taking part in PSHE lessons and there are many examples of PSHE work on the blog for you to have a look at. We have also published our ‘PSHE - The Bowker Vale Way’ on our school website. Please follow the link to PSHE from our ‘Curriculum Areas’ tab https://www.bowkervale.manchester.sch.uk/curriculum/curriculum-areas/pshe
Within our PSHE lessons, we teach children about relationships. We haven’t taught the Relationship Education element of PSHE yet as we want to consult with families first to make sure that everyone fully understands what we are teaching the children and why. As a maintained primary school, it is statutory to provide relationships education and physical health and well-being education to all pupils as per section 34 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017.
At Bowker Vale, we are not required to teach a sex education curriculum but we are required to teach the elements of sex education contained within the science curriculum (in the topic - animals including humans) and puberty (in the topic - growing and changing) within our core theme of ‘Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing lessons.
Enclosed with this letter you will find the curriculum overview from Nursery to Year 6. If you have any questions about our curriculum, please phone the school office to register your interest in asking questions. The school office will then arrange for our PSHE Coordinator and/or a member of our Leadership Team to contact you to discuss the curriculum and to answer any questions you may have – this can either be virtually or by telephone. Ideally, we would have held drop in sessions, as were planned in March and April 2020, but as we still have restrictions in place, we are unable to offer this.
Once you have read this letter and have had a chance to look at the overview provided and information on the school website and blog, we will be sending a survey out via the Parents App. Please look out for this survey week beginning 22.03.21.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs Rachel Jacques, Head Teacher Mrs Jen Griffin, Head of School
Please click the link below to view the Policy and Programme of Study.
Update September 2020
As we were unable to complete the full consultation we had planned we will not be teaching the relationships element of the curriculum until later this year, after we have been able to welcome families into school again and complete the consultation work.
Relationships, Health and Sex Education Information from September 2020
From September 2020, Relationships Education and Health Education will be compulsory for primary schools. Sex education is not compulsory and we will not be teaching this element at Bowker Vale. We know that this is a sensitive subject, and we want to reassure you that we will be handling it in a way that’s appropriate for your child’s age and level of understanding.
For many years, we have been delivering a curriculum at Bowker Vale, aimed at supporting children’s health, safety and well-being. Most things covered in the new curriculum will be very similar to what we already teach our children. However, some aspects of our curriculum will need to change. We will be teaching the elements of our relationships and health education programme through a PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) scheme called 3Dimensions.
We will be reviewing all aspects of PHSE to make sure it is the best it can be. We want to ensure it prepares our children for their future, enabling them to keep themselves safe, lead heathy lifestyles and make a positive contribution to society. We also want our curriculum to meet the relevant legal requirements, whilst being sensitive to the needs of our community.
It is very important to me that families are kept informed and are consulted about changes to this policy and curriculum. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding this subject, so I want to reassure you that relationships education is not the same as sex education.
The focus of relationships education is to teach your child about what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like so they can be safe at school, at home and online. We will also teach them, as we have for the last few years, about how their friends’ families might be different from their own families.
The aim of our relationships education is to reinforce the values you’re likely to be teaching your child anyway:
- Being kind to others
- Respecting others’ differences
- Living in peace with each other