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As part of our children's education at Waterside Primary Academy, we aim to promote personal development and wellbeing through a comprehensive personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) programme. The Department for Education has announced changes to Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) statutory guidance. These changes came into effect from Summer Term 2021 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. Both Health and Relationships Education are now statutory in primary schools. The new guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world.

In light of these changes, we have reviewed our PSHE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their age, physical and emotional maturity, religious and cultural backgrounds and special educational needs.

To help ensure our PSHE curriculum incorporates not only the statutory guidance, but also our pupil’s needs, we have consulted parents on our policy. All parents and carers were supportive of the changes to the policy, with 100% of responses agreeing that the content of the programme was robust and clear. Parents and carers also commented that they would like support and guidance on how they can support the delivery of this subject at home. 

We follow the Jigsaw curriculum from EYFS through to Year 6.  Please find attached the following documents which give further information about this. 

  • PSHE/RSE policy including statutory guidance
  • Jigsaw 3-11 content overview
  • What is Jigsaw? A guide for parents and carers
  • Jigsaw 3-11 and statutory Relationships and Health Education (mapping document)
  • Including and valuing all children. What does Jigsaw teach about LGBTQ relationships?
  • How does Jigsaw approach these subjects? A guide for parents and carers

What is taught and how, is ultimately a decision for the school and we are legally required to teach the new statutory guidance. The right to withdraw your child from a small number of sex education lessons is explained in the PSHE/RSE policy.

PSHE Lead - Mrs K Robinson