Bowker Vale Primary School

Aiming High; Showing Integrity {{Being Respectful, Honest, Fair and Proud}}

Middleton Road,
Higher Crumpsall,
Manchester, M8 4NB

0161 740 5993

  2. PHSE new curriculum consultation

PHSE new curriculum consultation

Relationships, Health and Sex Education Information from September 2020

Dear Families,

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


Please click the link below to view the draft Policy and Programme of Study. 

Policy Document and Programme of Study 


Due to current school closures during this time of National crisis the consultation with parents and carers has been postponed and will be re-organised at the appropriate time. 


Below is a timeframe for consultation with parents and carers, so that you are of what is happening and when.  It explains the formal channels through which parents and carers can express their views about the proposed new policy and curriculum. 

Year Group Meetings – informal coffee and opportunity for a chat / look at lessons / ask questions

Wednesday 18th March


Nursery and Reception


Year 1


Year 2


Year 3


Thursday 19th March


Year 4


Year 5


Year 6


Learning Reviews

During Learning Reviews on the 23rd and 25th March (and 17th/18th March for 4Ma), there will be information about the proposed curriculum on display in the school entrance. Members of staff will be available to answer questions and give further information.

Parent Survey

A parent survey will be sent home following the meetings on 18th and 19th March. Meetings with individuals who haven’t had their questions answered at the Year Group Meeting or Learning Reviews can be arranged.

The parent consultation process will end on Friday 3rd April 2020.

Parent views will genuinely be reflected on to help us reach our final decisions about our policy and curriculum. It is important to be clear that different parents are likely to have conflicting views and the school needs to consider other factors alongside parent views, in making a decision on this matter.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please do come and discuss them with us.


Yours Sincerely,


Mrs R Jacques