RSE Consultation

Understanding Relationships and Health Education in your child’s primary school: A Guide for Parents


We want all children to grow up healthy, happy, safe, and able to manage the challenges and opportunities of modern Britain. That is why, from the academic year 2020/2021, all primary age children will be taught Relationships and Health Education.


These subjects are designed to equip your child with knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a successful adult life. The world for all young people looks very different from the way it did 20 years ago when this curriculum was last updated – these changes bring the content into the 21st century, so that it is relevant for your child.


Salisbury Manor will have flexibility to deliver the content in a way that is age and developmentally appropriate and sensitive to the needs and religious background of its pupils.


Relationships Education


Relationships Education will put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online.


Your child will be taught what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who can support them. In an age-appropriate way, your child’s school will cover how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect.


By the end of primary school, pupils will have been taught content on:

  • families and people who care for me
  • caring friendships
  • respectful relationships
  • online relationships
  • being safe


Health Education


Health Education aims to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise.


By the end of primary school, pupils will have been taught content on:

  • mental wellbeing
  • internet safety and harms
  • physical health and fitness
  • healthy eating
  • facts and risks associated with drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • health and prevention
  • basic first aid
  • changing adolescent body


Your rights as a parent


The important lessons you teach your child about healthy relationships, looking after themselves and staying safe, are respected and valued under this new curriculum. Teaching at school will complement and reinforce the lessons you teach your child as they grow up.


At Salisbury Manor it’s important we take into account parent views when developing and renewing our policies on Relationships Education.


You can express your opinion in the form below, and this will help your Salisbury Manor decide how and when to cover the content of the statutory guidance. It may also help us decide whether to teach additional non-statutory content. We are required to ensure their teaching reflects the age and religious background of their pupils.


Right to withdraw your child


You cannot withdraw your child from Relationships Education because it is important that all children receive this content, covering topics such as friendships and how to stay safe.


If you do not want your child to take part in some or all of the lessons on Sex Education, you can ask that they are withdrawn. At primary level, the head teacher must grant this request. The science curriculum in all maintained schools also includes content on human development, including reproduction, which there is no right to withdraw from. If you want to know more about what will be taught as part of the new subjects, the best thing to do is speak to your child’s school and read the RSE policy.


Salisbury Manor’s Draft Policy


The comprehensive program of RSE, used by Salisbury Manor School, is called 1Decision and is endorsed by Waltham Forest Education Hub. It provides accurate information about the body, reproduction, sex, and sexual health. It also gives children and young people essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful and non-exploitative relationships, focusing on staying safe both on and offline. To find out more about the DRAFT policy please click on the link below. Also, please share your views using the form below.

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