As a part of your student’s education at Howard House 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 students the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential. From September 2020 the Department for Education is making Relationships Sex Education and Health Education compulsory in all schools.
I am writing to let you know that, over the next academic year, starting September 2020, your student’s class will be taking part in lessons which will focus on the relationships and sex education (RSE) aspect of this programme.
Lessons will include pupils learning about: Healthy relationships, including friendships; families; growing and changing, including puberty; personal hygiene; changing feelings; becoming more independent; keeping safe; developing self-esteem and confidence. Students will also have opportunities to ask questions.
All PSHE teaching takes place will take place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our school ethos and values.
I understand for some of our parents / carers attending a meeting at Howard House School will be difficult. Therefore, our Designated Safeguarding Lead (Hazel Redford) will contact you by phone to explain the curriculum and some of the resources that will be used and how you can best support your child to discuss these topics at home.
As a school community, we are committed to working in partnership with parents / carers; recent parental / carer feedback has indicated that the overwhelming majority of parents / carers continue to be highly supportive of the relationships and sex education programme. If you would like to find out more or discuss any concerns, we would urge you to contact the school.
If you would like to find out more, make any comments or provide feedback on this draft policy, please contact me on: firstname.lastname@example.org