Links between wellbeing and attainment have long been recognised and so the DfE recently published draft guidance to introduce two new statutory subjects: Relationships Education (primary) and Relationships & Sex Education (secondary), and Health Education for all state-funded schools. This does not apply to post-16, although PSHE is statutory for independent schools. We hope that all interested professionals will respond to the consultation by 7/11/18.
Additional Consultation Considerations
In addition to responding to the consultation on relationships education, RSE and health education, we hope that school leaders and interested professionals will also comment on:
- Should Careers Education and / or Financial Education be explicitly excluded from the Guidance, especially when the need for understanding personal finance is so important?
- Would it not be easier to mandate PSHE education, rather than have guidance on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education?
- Given that many girls start their periods in KS2, why include menstruation in the section on physical health and mental well-being for secondary school pupils? This needs to be taught in the primary curriculum, for both boys and girls, as part of the changing adolescent body.
- Would it help primary schools to have clearer guidance about the naming of body parts that children should learn from Year 2 or 3, certainly at the start of KS2, partly to link with NC Science but principally to support safeguarding?
- The guidance talks a lot about knowledge, and although (children and young) people cannot make informed decisions with inaccurate knowledge, knowledge alone is unlikely to enable them to be able to make the pro-social, pro-health choices that we would like them to make. Should the Guidance be more explicit about the role of skills or competences?
- What additional recommendations would you like to see about the contribution from local Public Health / School Nursing would you like to see to help inform the curriculum and possibly to provide CPD?
- Finally and perhaps most importantly: Does your school currently have adequate resources, support and training to be able to implement the Guidance? Should DfE make additional funding available to support CPD?