Mrs S Challis
As a part of your child’s education at Testwood 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 children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential. As you may already be aware, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, became a statutory part of the National Curriculum from September 2020.
PSHE education is taught throughout the school by tutors in every year group, and is monitored and reviewed regularly. Schools are required to consult with parents when developing and reviewing their policies for Relationships Education and RSE, which will inform schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is covered. This consultation is more difficult under the current circumstances around the Covid-19 pandemic, so we invite you to view the information provided on the school website about the PSHE/RSE lessons your child will receive this year, and make contact with us if there is anything you wish to discuss.
You do have a right to withdraw your child from sex education delivered as part of RSE in secondary schools which, unless there are exceptional circumstances, will be granted up to three terms before your child turns 16. At this point, if the child themselves wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school should make arrangements for this to happen in one of the three terms before the child turns 16 – the legal age of sexual consent.
There is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education at secondary level and we believe the content of these subjects, such as family, friendship, safety (including online safety) – are important for all children to be taught. However, we are confident you will share our enthusiasm for the successful implementation of the new PSHE curriculum, which we feel will benefit all of our students.
If you would like to find out more, or discuss any concerns, we would invite you to make contact with myself at school on the email below.
Subject lead for PSHE education