21 June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

You will be aware that, as a part of your child’s educational experience at Easterside Academy, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future. 

 

As you may be aware, from September 2020 the Department for Education is making Relationships and Health Education (Primary) and Relationships Sex Education and Health Education compulsory in all schools. Along with other schools, we are introducing some changes to our current PSHE Curriculum.

 

What does the new guidance mean?

 

The new guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide 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, it will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and will help them take responsibility for their own well-being.

 

All of the sessions will be age-appropriate and meet the needs of all pupils in the class. 

Here at Easterside Academy, our curriculum and lessons will be supported by ‘The PSHE Association’, which is widely recognised and in line with new Statutory Requirements from the government.

 

How will this be delivered?

 

This guidance will form part of our school’s PSHE education programme, which is taught throughout the school in every year group and is monitored and reviewed regularly by the Senior Leadership Team and PSHE Lead.

 

 

For more details about our PSHE curriculum offer, please visit the school’s website:

 

https://www.eastersideacademy.co.uk/important-information/curriculum-subjects/pshe-curriculum

 

All teaching in PSHE will take place in a safe learning environment and be underpinned by our school ethos and values. A variety of opportunities will be provided for pupils to ask questions to further their understanding and to find out more about what affects them personally.

 

What if I have questions?

 

To ensure everyone is informed, we would like to invite you to a virtual consultation parent information meeting, which will be available online from Monday 22nd June 2020.

 

We encourage any feedback and suggestions that could be reflected in

our policy, as well as any questions that you, as parents, may have about the new guidance or coverage.

 

A Parent/Carer questionnaire is available from:

 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=fDIWpBZLrUSzz1EJUVI-wsi3RzjI7mhJh9Q4YxU4WT5URElOOEsxWjI2TE9SNDlOWDVMRDNRQlFQMy4u

 

The guidance for schools can be found at:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

D. Linacre                        K. Weetman

 

Mrs D T Linacre                         Miss K Weetman

Principal                                     PSHE/RSE Lead