29 June 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
As a part of your child’s education at Ss John Fisher & Thomas More RC High School, we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme. PSHE education is the curriculum subject that gives young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential.
I am writing to let you know that, starting in September 2020, your child will be taking part in lessons which will focus on the relationships and sex education (RSE) aspect of this programme. RSE lessons in Key Stage 3 will include teaching about: healthy relationships, including friendships and intimate relationships, families, growing and changing, including puberty, personal hygiene, changing feelings, becoming more independent, keeping safe and consent, digital lives, social responsibility, developing self-esteem and confidence. Pupils will also have opportunities to ask questions that help prepare them for relationships of all kinds in the modern world. One 50-minute lesson per week will be allocated to the study of PSHE at Key Stage 3.
PSHE education is taught throughout the school in every year group and is monitored and reviewed regularly by the staff and governing board. All PSHE teaching takes place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our school’s Catholic ethos and values. Indeed, the RSE element is rooted in the Catholic Education Service’s model curriculum, placing the formation of the individual at its core and recognising parents as the prime educators of their children.
As part of our consultation with parents and carers, we would like to invite you to follow this link https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/parent-portal/ to find out more about what your child will learn, view the materials and resources being used in lessons, and discover how you can best support your child to discuss these topics at home. There is a generic login, which is as follows: Username: fisher-more-bb8, Password: black-bird-35. From September, the delivery of RSE becomes a statutory requirement, making this subject compulsory for all pupils receiving secondary education. Parents and carers have the right to request that their child is withdrawn for some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory RSE. Parents and carers may withdraw their child up to, and until, three terms before they turn 16. After that point, if a pupil wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school will make arrangements to provide the child with sex education during one of those terms.
As a school community, we are committed to working in partnership with parents and carers in order to provide a high quality programme. If you would like to find out more, discuss any concerns or feedback on the consultation, please feel free to get in touch.
Dr A Cheetham
Subject Lead for PSHE