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St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Isleworth

Consultation on relationship and health education

Consultation on relationship and health education

In 2020, Relationships Education and Health Education became statutory for all primary schools in England. Since then we have taught these areas across all subjects. You can see our current policy here:

https://www.smi.hounslow.sch.uk/docs/policies/Relationship_Education_and_Physical_Health_and_Mental_Wellbeing_Education.pdf

 

In the autumn term of 2023 the Diocese and the Catholic Education Service issued some clarifications to schools and as a result of these we are proposing a change in the way we teach relationship education. We are proposing to make these changes from September 2024.

 

Despite these changes we will not be teaching ‘sex’ nor covering the FGM parts of the Ten Ten resource – although these are required to be covered by the Catholic Education Service. We will make these units available to you, parents as first educators of your children, so that you can cover them at home should you wish to do so.

 

As a Catholic school, our mission is to support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all of our pupils, rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Church. The education of children in human sexuality is an important, precious and privileged responsibility. The Church teaches us that this is very much a partnership with parents, in which parents are the ‘first educators’ of their children on these matters; ultimately, you confer on us the right to co-educate your children with you.

 

We have been researching various programmes that are available and have decided to adopt Life to the Full by Ten Ten Resources. Ten Ten Resources is an award-winning Catholic educational organisation that is well-respected and very experienced in this field of work.

 

Life to the Full has been approved by our diocese. Furthermore, Ten Ten Resources have entered into a partnership with the Catholic Education Service and the Department for Education to provide training for teachers in Catholic schools on the subject of the RHE statutory curriculum. Therefore, we are confident that this programme is a very good fit for our school.

 

Through their programme, Ten Ten Resources understand the foundational role that parents have in educating and nurturing their children on these matters. Within the programme, they have built in resources which will not only keep you informed about what is being taught in school, but will also give you the opportunity to engage your children in discussion, activity and prayer.

 

We would like to have your feedback on our approach, and particularly on the key decisions that we need to take regarding the teaching of certain topics. To this end, we have opened a consultation period during which we welcome your feedback.

 

Ten Ten Resources have provided an online Parent Consultation Tool. This is a simple-to-follow, short online course which:

● Outlines the statutory changes that have taken place in England
● Articulates a vision for Catholic Relationships and Health Education.
● Explains how Life to the Full aims to help us fulfil the statutory curriculum with a Catholic ethos.
● Provides some information about key decisions we need to make, in consultation with parents.
● Answers some Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Ten Ten Resources have also provided an Online Parent Portal which will be a tool we can use throughout the year to keep you informed and updated about the work we are doing in school.

 

To take part in the consultation, please do the following:

 

1. Access the Parent Consultation Tool here:
www.tentenresources.co.uk/parent-consultation-primary

● You will need the following login credentials for our school:
Username: SMIParent
Password: SMIParent

2. Undertake the Parent Survey here.
https://forms.gle/VXLzdPcpTsvoQj278

3. Complete stages 1 and 2 by 12 noon on Wednesday 27th March 2024.

 

We hope that our approach not only assures you about the new programme of resources we are going to use, but will be an important and exciting opportunity for our entire school community.

 

Thank you for taking part in the consultation.