Here at Bishop Ian Ramsey we have a PSHE curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which will enable our children to access the wider curriculum while at school. It will also prepare children to be a global citizen now and in their future roles within a global community. We have designed our PSHE curriculum to incorporate an understanding of RSE (Relationship and Sex Education). As a result, children will know how to be safe and to understand and develop healthy relationships both now and in their future lives. At Bishop Ian Ramsey, RSE is underpinned by the ethos and values of our school and we uphold it as an entitlement for all our pupils. By having the opportunity to ‘know more, remember more and understand more’, the children will uphold our Christian vision to ‘Shine as a light in the world’ (Philippians 2: 14-15).
Relationships and health education are statutory in primary school and parents do not have the right to withdraw their child from these subjects.
Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered (other than what must be taught as part of the statutory science curriculum). The head teacher will discuss the request with parents and, as appropriate, with the child to ensure that their wishes are understood and to clarify the nature and purpose of the curriculum. The headteacher will document this process to ensure a record is kept.
The head teacher may discuss with parents the benefits of receiving this important education and any detrimental effects that withdrawal might have on the child. This includes social and emotional effects of being excluded, as well as the likelihood of the child hearing their peers’ version of what was said in the classes, rather than what was directly said by the teacher
Once those discussions have taken place, the Headteacher will respect the parents’ request to withdraw the child except where in respect of content that must be taught as part of the science curriculum.
This process is the same for pupils with SEND. However there may be exceptional circumstances where the head teacher may want to take a pupil’s specific needs arising from their SEND into account when making this decision.
The head teacher will not grant a request to withdraw a pupil from any sex education delivered as part of the science curriculum.
If a pupil is withdrawn from sex education, the pupil will receive appropriate, purposeful education during the period of withdrawal.
Please see below the image for our PSHE/RSE vision statement, long term plan and progression of skills document.