PSHE Consultation


Statutory requirement to deliver Relationships and Health Education – Parent Engagement


Welcome to this temporary part of our website which is designed to allow us to share information with you about these important changes to the school curriculum. 

You may know that from September 2020, the Government have decided that all primary age children will be taught Relationships and Health Education (RHE), although they have given schools some flexibility on when they fully implement the new curriculum until summer term 2021 due to the disruptions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

These subjects, which we will teach via our Personal, Social, Health & Economic (PSHE) education curriculum, are designed to equip your child with knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a happy and successful adult life. For many years now, we have covered the vast majority of the topics and themes which the Government is now asking all schools to deliver.  This has been done through our PSHE education programme which is an important part of our approach to developing the whole child at Grove Primary.

As part of our preparation to deliver these new requirements, we have been working hard to make sure that the resources and materials that we will use to do this are right for both our children and our school community.  As required by the Government, we are now consulting with parents and carers on our approach to this, specifically around our Relationships and Health Education curriculum and policy. Given the current circumstances around social distancing and other restrictions, we felt that the best way to do this was via our school website and by sharing some of the key documents for you to take a look at.

The idea of this consultation exercise is to give you a chance to see how we have interpreted the statutory guidance and let us know what you think and ask any questions. Please take a look at our draft RHE Policy which will give you all the information you need about our approach to Relationships & Health Education (RHE) at Grove Primary. Within the appendix of this policy, you will find an overview of our PSHE curriculum which will give you more information about the themes and topics covered across the school years. The other documents within this site are designed to give you further information and guidance about these changes.

There is also a short presentation to help give you further information, including a clear understanding of the work we have done and what we are required to deliver. We would advise that you watch this video clip first as it explains all you need to know about the consultation process and the new requirements.

We think that is important that every parent is involved in all parts of the education of their child and we want this consultation around the new requirements to be a useful and informative engagement exercise for our school, so if you have any feedback or comments about any of the elements of our policy, then please let us know. We will use this information to help us make any final decisions about our policy and curriculum, so your comments are very welcome.

This consultation process will stay open for two weeks and will end on Friday 12th March 2021. We have set up a specific email address for parents/carers to use if they wish to email feedback to us about this. The email address is; Please note the name of your child, their year group and your name in your email. Once this is completed, we will then take some time to look at the feedback and any questions. If we receive questions and topics around similar themes, then we will try to post our answers to these back in this section of our website and let you know when this is done. For any specific questions or queries which can’t be dealt with in this way then it may be possible to follow these up with individual parents via a phone call or via email.

Once this is feedback process finishes, we will then take any views and opinions into consideration before we close the consultation and publish the final versions of our RHE policy and curriculum overview. This policy and curriculum will then come into immediate effect.

Please note, this consultation is for parents/carers of pupils attending Grove Primary School only.


Understanding Relationships and Health Education in your child’s primary school: a guide for parents - pdf

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Below is information given by the DfE in a document for parents about frequently asked questions around the new requirements.  You may find this useful to read prior to contacting us with any questions.

FAQs: Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education

The Department for Education is introducing compulsory Relationships Education for primary pupils and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for secondary pupils from September 2020. Also, from September 2020 it will be compulsory for all schools to teach Health Education. Through these subjects, we want to support all young people to be happy, healthy and safe – we want to equip them for adult life and to make a positive contribution to society.

Throughout our engagement process as we develop this curriculum, we have heard a number of wide ranging concerns. Below, we have explained some of the common misconceptions around the subjects.

Will my child’s school have to consult with me before teaching these subjects?

Schools will be required to consult with parents when developing and reviewing their policies for Relationships Education and RSE. These policies must be published online, and must be available to any individual free of charge. Schools should also ensure that, when they consult parents, they provide examples of the resources they plan to use.

Will my child will be taught sex education at primary? This is too young.

We are not introducing compulsory sex education at primary school.

We are introducing Relationships Education at primary, to put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships of all kinds. This will start with family and friends, how to treat each other with kindness, and recognising the difference between online and offline friendships.

Some primary schools choose to teach sex education (which goes beyond the existing national curriculum for science), and in those instances we recommend you discuss this with the school to understand what they propose to teach and how. If you continue to have concerns, you have an automatic right to withdraw your child from these lessons.

Does the new Relationships Education and RSE curriculum take account of my faith?

The subjects are designed to help children from all backgrounds build positive and safe relationships, and to thrive in modern Britain. In all schools, when teaching these subjects, the religious background of pupils must be taken into account when planning teaching, so that topics are appropriately handled. Schools with a religious character can build on the core content by reflecting their beliefs in their teaching.

In developing these subjects, we have worked with a number of faith organisations and representative bodies. Schools can also consider drawing on their expertise when delivering these subjects.

Do I have a right to withdraw my child from Relationships and Sex Education?

Parents will have a right to withdraw their child from sex education delivered as part of RSE, which unless there are exceptional circumstances, should be granted up to three terms before their child turns 16. At this point, if the child themselves wishes to receive sex education, the school should make arrangements for this to happen in one of the three terms. There is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education at primary or secondary as we believe the contents of these subjects – such as family, friendship, safety (including online safety) – are important for all children to be taught.

Has the government listened to the views of my community in introducing these subjects?

A thorough engagement process, involving a public call for evidence and discussions with over 90 organisations, as well as the public consultation on the draft regulations and guidance, has informed the key decisions on these subjects. The consultation received over 11,000 responses from teachers, schools, expert organisations, young people and parents – these responses have helped finalise the statutory guidance as well as the regulations that have been laid and will be subject to parliamentary debates.

Will these subjects promote LGBT relationships?

Pupils should be taught about the society in which they are growing up. These subjects are designed to foster respect for others and for difference, and educate pupils about healthy relationships. RSE should meet the needs of all pupils, whatever their developing sexuality or identity – this should include age-appropriate teaching about different types of relationships in the context of the law.

Pupils should receive teaching on LGBT relationships during their school years. We expect secondary schools to include LGBT content and whilst there is no specific requirement to teach about LGBT in primary schools, they can cover LGBT content if they consider it age appropriate to do so. This would be delivered, for example, through teaching about different types of family, including those with same sex parents.

Will teachers receive training before delivering these subjects?

The department is committed to supporting schools to deliver these subjects to a high standard. We know that training is a priority for teachers and we will be consulting with teachers, trade unions and other key stakeholders over the coming months on how we structure the training.

In addition, we will be encouraging schools to act as early adopters for this curriculum and to start teaching the subjects from September 2019. To help early adopter schools, we will provide further advice on how they can improve their practices. Lesson learned from the early adopters and best practice from schools will be shared with all schools from September 2020.