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.
We have adopted a Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Association approved programme for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) – the Christopher Winter Project. The programme fully supports the council’s values of embracing equality and diversity, cohesion and inclusion whilst showing respect for others.
Our guiding principles are that all of the compulsory subject content must be age appropriate and developmentally appropriate. It must be taught sensitively and inclusively, with respect to the backgrounds and beliefs of pupils and parents and promoting tolerance of difference, while always with the aim of providing pupils with the appropriate knowledge to thrive in today’s society.
The good practice of consulting parents, ensuring school staff are trained to confidently deliver relationships education and that resources are age appropriate and of good quality has always been at the heart of Luton’s programme.
Over 50 per cent of Luton primary schools have successfully been teaching relationship education using this programme for the past five years. Schools will continue to use this programme, or be encouraged to adopt it if they have not been using it when RSE becomes statutory in September 2020. It consists of three lessons per year on RSE as part of the wider PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum in Reception to Year 5 and four lessons in Year 6.
The focus in primary schools will be on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults.
The council together with schools have always been proactive in implementing an age appropriate Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) programme that meets the needs of children, working to keep them safe, promoting tolerance and respect and protecting themselves and their peers from others who would seek to do them harm.
Should parents have any concerns or queries about Relationships Sex Education they should raise them directly with their child’s headteacher so that any issues can be addressed.