Relationships and Sex Education Parent/Carer Consultation
26th March 2021
I am writing to inform you of some changes that the Department for Education has announced to relationship to Physical, Social and Health Education (PSHE) following nationwide consultation and I am keen to share with you what our plans are and to understand your views on it.
PSHE gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.
The main changes that have been made are that elements of the PSHE curriculum have become statutory. This means relationships and health education are now part of the National Curriculum that all schools must follow. The sex education element of PSHE at primary school is not compulsory. However at Ravenswood C. P School we have chosen to teach this element. The right to withdraw children from Sex education lessons is explained in the draft policy which accompanies this letter.
The statutory guidance can be found at
The new guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships.
Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them to take responsibility for their own well-being.
At Ravenswood we have always taught and promoted personal well-being and development through a wider programme of PSHE which includes lessons taught throughout the school year on topics such as, healthy friendships, keeping our bodies fit and healthy, first aid, ways to look after our mental health, keeping safe and being kind online to mention just a few. However, we are now in the process of reviewing our Relationships and Sex Education policy so we can be sure that our Relationships, Sex and Health Education(RSHE) provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:
- Age physical and emotional maturity
- Religious and cultural backgrounds
- Special educational needs and disabilities.
Whilst I am sure that there will be a difference of opinion on this we hope that consulting with you will help to inform our schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is covered. Consequently, as part of our review we would like your views on:
- Our draft policy for Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)
- When and how certain content within this subject is covered.
The content of the curriculum and how it is taught is ultimately a decision for the school and this will not form part of the consultation because schools are legally required to teach the National Curriculum.
I understand that due to the current situation we all find ourselves in, it does make it a little challenging to consult with you on RSHE. I have therefore attached the information below alongside this letter which I would encourage you to read. This includes:
- A summary of what the children are expected to know by the end of primary school,
- Our proposed draft policy
- A questionnaire
Please complete your questionnaires by 16th April 2021 when the consultation period will end. Your views are important to us so if you would like to contact us to discuss the draft policy or when certain content should be taught please contact us via the school office.
Once the consultation period has ended and we have considered all of the feedback the draft updated Relationships, Sex and Health Education Policy will be uploaded onto the school’s website.
Mrs Milburn and Mrs Sinclair
Draft Relationships and Sex Education Policy
Outcomes pupils are expected to achieve by the end of their time at primary school
SMSC at Ravenswood C.P. School
SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Ofsted’s definition of SMSC is as follows:
Exploring beliefs and experiences; respecting faiths, feelings and values; enjoying learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; using imagination and being creative; reflection.
At Ravenswood C.P. School SMSC underpins everything that we do.
We recognise that the personal development of the children – spiritually, morally, socially and culturally – plays a significant role in their ability to learn, and to grow into well rounded members of society.
We aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop:
- Their own values and beliefs
- Spiritual awareness
- High standards of personal behaviour
- A positive and caring attitude towards other people
- An understanding and respect for their and others social and cultural traditions
- An appreciation of the diversity and richness of cultures and the world around them.
Spiritual Development – the children’s beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for other people’s beliefs and values.
We promote this through the following:
- Our Religious Education programme which includes visits to different places of worship.
- Assemblies which celebrate beliefs and cultures from around the world, this includes visits from members of a local church who deliver Open The Book Assemblies
- Taking children out on school trips or inviting people into the school that inspire awe and wonder.
- A PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) programme that allows pupils to reflect on their own feelings and develop an understanding of the feelings of others.
- Developing creativity and imagination through a broad and balanced curriculum which includes, play, literacy, art, design technology, music and dance.
Moral Development – a pupil’s understanding, attitude and behaviour to what is right and what is wrong.
This is developed through:
- Our behaviour system which provides a clear moral code for behaviour that is promoted and modelled consistently through all aspects of the school including breakfast club and after school club.
- Our daily interactions and high expectations
- School Council
- E-safety lessons
- PSHE curriculum
- Our Ravenswood Characteristics of learning
- Class Charters
- Rewards such as verbal praise with a reason, stickers, ClassDojo Points, Shooting Star Certificates, Golden Time, Headteacher Awards, Books
- Promoting equality in relation to religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender.
- Giving pupils opportunities to explore and develop moral concepts and values through the curriculum – PSHE, R.E., history, geography, literacy
- Encouraging children to take responsibility for their actions, through PSHE, the Behaviour Policy and our Characteristics of Learning.
- Learning about and raising money for charities.
- Adults modelling fairness, integrity and respect for all pupils.
- Recognising and respecting different cultures represented by pupils and staff in the school – Languages, cultural display, bilingual books, texts used to support the curriculum.
Social Development – a pupil’s progressive acquisition of the competencies and qualities needed to play a full part in society.
We promote this through:
- Our Characteristics of Learning by helping pupils develop qualities which are valued by society, such as, thoughtfulness, honesty, respect for others, moral principles, independence, co-operation, self-respect.
- By encouraging children to work co-operatively in the classroom, on the playground and around the school.
- Fostering a sense of community with common, inclusive values through assemblies, the PSHE curriculum, school Christmas fairs, cultural celebrations, charity events and So Simple workshops.
- Encouraging children to recognise and respect social differences and similarities
- Providing children with opportunities to exercise leadership and responsibility through School Council, class monitors and the Play Leaders system.
- Through the PSHE curriculum,
Cultural Development – a child’s understanding of the beliefs, values and customs in their own and others social, ethnic and national groups.
We promote this through:
- Celebrating the attitudes, values and traditions of different cultures
- through the curriculum, assemblies, school social events, and visitors to the school.
- Participating in cross borough events such as sports matches and competitions e.g. Quad Kids
- Recognising and nurturing particular gifts and talents through after school clubs, talent shows and the curriculum.
- Making links with schools abroad e.g. Nepal library
- Recognising and celebration of national events such as the Olympics and Rememberance Day.
- Themed days linked to topics being studied throughout the school e.g. Greek Day.
British Values at Ravenswood C. P. School
At Ravenswood C.P. School we reflect British values in all that we do. Children are provided with opportunities to explore their own culture and have a clear understanding and appreciation of a wide range of cultural influences that have shaped modern Britain.
Teaching children about ‘British Values’ Democracy, The Rule of Law, Mutual Respect, Personal Liberty, and Tolerance of others Faiths and Beliefs have always been a key element of our curriculum and wider philosophy. This is mainly achieved through Religious Education, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), assemblies, our Behaviour policy and our Characteristics of Learning.
The Rule of Law
- Through the PSHE programme children are taught about the importance of laws and rules.
- We develop understanding of the importance of having laws, and knowing that they protect us and influence our behaviour.
- Children are encouraged to understand the consequences of breaking rules and laws, through discussion and reflection.
- At the start of each year, children help develop fair rules for the classrooms and the school.
- Pupils vote for who represents them on the School Council and for their E-safety Ambassador
- They have a say in what happens in their school and their voices are heard through pupil perception questionnaires.
- Children explore the principle of democracy through lessons and in assemblies.
- Children are taught that everyone has rights and responsibilities.
- They know that everyone needs to work within boundaries to make safe choices.
- Pupils have the freedom to make choices about joining extra-curricular clubs.
- They have the freedom to make choices about the tools they use and how they present their work in some lessons.
- Classes have the freedom to make choices about what to present in class assemblies.
- Our Characteristics of learning influences the whole school community and promotes respect and cooperativeness.
- It is reflected in the children’s behaviour in the classroom and playground.
- Children are encouraged to understand and appreciate that their behaviour affects their rights and the rights of others.
- As a school, we all work together to help one another.
- Everyone makes all visitors feel very welcome to our school.
- The children learn about and support people less fortunate than themselves through charity work.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
- Children are taught about different faiths and cultures around the world, mainly through R.E. and assemblies.
- Children are encouraged to talk about a culture or custom from the UK or around the world.
- Themed days and events teach children about different cultures.
- Children enjoy visiting and learning about places of worship fromdifferent faiths.
- Staff and pupils are actively encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
- Children are encouraged to respect differences of faith, ethnicity disability, gender, sexuality, and different families.
PSHE is believed to be such an important subject that from September 2020 elements of the PSHE curriculum are being made statutory.
These two elements are:
At Ravenswood we cover three core topics within PSHE which are:
- Health and wellbeing
- Relationships Education
- Living in the wider world
Within these core themes children learn about:
- Personal health
- Family and relationships
- Citizenship, democracy and human rights
- Careers and the world of work
- Personal finance
- Alcohol, smoking and drugs
- Sex education
In order to teach this information and vital skills the teachers follow a long term plan for PSHE which has been written inline with the PSHE Association planning tool kit and our extensive knowledge of our pupils.
Characteristics of Learning
The 10 characteristics
An excellent active listener understands how important it is to listen to others and that by actively listening they can learn a lot of new information.
An active listener always makes sure that they:
- Make eye contact with the person speaking.
- Think about what has been said before he responds. (They loves to answer questions and sometimes ask them.)
- Is patient and respectful
- Manages their distractions
A cooperative learner understands the importance of working together as a team in order to achieve a goal because Together Everyone Achieves More!
A cooperative learner knows that to cooperate with others they must:
- Be ready and willing to learn from others
- Manage their feelings when working with others
- Communicate respectfully
- Listen to different opinions and viewpoints
- Share ideas
- Take turns
- Ask questions
An enquirer a very inquisitive learner who is always searching, exploring and discovering. Where every they go or whoever they talk to they always asks questions to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world.
An enquirier learns by:
- Being curious
- Asking questions
- Challenging himself
- Being inventive
- Taking risks and not being afraid to get things wrong
- Learning from his mistakes
- Making links
A flexible learner embraces change. They is not afraid to try out new things or take on new challenges.
Flexible learners know that being flexible is important when learning by themselves and with others so they always try to:
- Adjust to new situations and people
- Keep calm when he finds something difficult
- Find solutions to new problems
- Deal with a change in his routines
- Takes on new challenges
- Learns from his mistakes
Independent learners are very resourceful. They know that taking responsibility for their own learning helps them to understand and become successful. They learn different strategies to help themselves find out what to do when they don't understand or if they are stuck.
Independent learners always take responsibility for their own learning by:
- Always being ready and willing to learn in different ways
- Managing their distractions
- Choosing and getting resources for themselves
- Finding out information for themselves
- Challenging themselves and asking questions
- Persevering and not giving up
- Working by on their own
Respectful learners always think about others and how they should treat them. Even though their friends may have different opinions, looks, thoughts or behave differently from them respectful learners always try hard to:
- Think in a positive way about themselves and others
- Act in a way which shows that they cares about the well-being and feelings of others
- Follow the rules so that everyone can feel happy and safe
- Treats everyone equally
- Think about the tone of her voice when speaking to others
Resilient learners are determined. They know that learning can sometimes be difficult but they never give up and they keep trying and trying until they have succeeded and reached their goal!
Resilient learners always try to:
- Do their best
- Be determined. They set their mind on a goal and work at it until it has been achieved
- Take risks and learns from their mistakes
- Perseveres, they do not give up!
- Absorb themselves in their learning and work
- Put as much effort into their learning as they can
- Stay focused, they manage their distractions
- Takes responsibility for their own learning
Reflective learners like to think about their learning. They take time to think about what they need to learn in order to achieve a goal and they don’t mind changing her plans when they needs to. When a reflective learner has completed their learning tasks they often thinks about their successes and what improvements they can make to their work.
Reflective learners do this by making sure that they:
- Think about their learning and how they could do it better.
- Takes on new challenges
- Takes risk and learns from their mistakes
- Thinks of solutions to solve problems.
- Makes connections between something new and things that they already know
Thoughtful learners are great friends. They knows that being caring and thoughtful means letting things matter to us and being so passionate about them that they want to help and make a difference.
To a thoughtful and caring learner always makes sure that they:
- Thinks about others and ways they can help them
- Thinks about manners and being polite to people.
- Takes time to listen and talks to friends
- Takes an interest in others by asking how they are feeling
- Thinks about how to solve problems
If your child demonstrates one of these characteristics they will be told which one they have achieved and why. They will then be given a learning buddy which is a small cuddly toy that sits with your child, on their table, as they learn.
They are also given a sticker which they place on their Ravenswood Learner sticker chart. Watch out for your child's name on the interactive board in the hall during praise assemblies