Posted on: 15th September 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

As part of your child’s education at the Academy, we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education. This gives young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future. I am writing to let you know that throughout the year your child’s tutor group will also be taking part in lessons that will focus on Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).

RSE lessons will include pupils learning about: healthy and unhealthy relationships, different types of families, managing online relationships, menstruation and puberty, self-esteem and romance, consent, contraception, managing conflict, sexual orientation and gender identity, marriage and divorce, sexually transmitted infections, sharing explicit images (‘sexting’), the effects of pornography on relationship expectations, body image and gender stereotyping, parenting skills, relationship myths, relationship/domestic abuse and forced marriage.

This is part of the Academy’s curriculum which is taught throughout the school in every year group and is monitored and reviewed regularly by the staff and governing body. For more detail about our PSHE curriculum offer, please visit the school’s website: www.onewa.co.uk where you can access curriculum overviews by year group and our Relationships and Sex Education policy. All teaching in PSHE will take place in a safe learning environment and be underpinned by our school ethos and values. A variety of opportunities will be provided for pupils to ask questions in order to prepare them for relationships in the modern world.

As a school community, we are committed to working in partnership with parents. There will be opportunities throughout the year to find out more about what your child will learn, view the materials and resources being used in lessons and discover how you can best support your child to discuss these topics at home. We will advise you as to when these workshops will take place. You will also receive feedback on your child’s engagement with, and understanding of, the programme.

We respect the legal right of parents/carers to withdraw their child from all or part of the RSE programme, except for those statutory parts included in the national curriculum for citizenship, P.E., computing and science. If you wish your child to be withdrawn from RSE lessons, you must put in writing the aspects of the programme you do not wish your child to participate in and send this to the PSHE Curriculum Leader, Mrs Clarke-Edmunds.

Before granting any such request the Principal or Vice Principal will discuss the request with parents and, where appropriate, with the child to ensure that their wishes are understood and to clarify the nature and purpose of the curriculum. We will document this process to ensure a record is kept. If you have any concerns or queries about your child’s participation in these lessons, please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs Clarke or Mrs Clarke-Edmunds to discuss these.

Yours faithfully,

Mr C Cooling

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