At St Mary’s we aim, as part of our broad curriculum, to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health & Economic (PSHE) education that gives all of our pupils the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.
Last year the Department for Education announced changes to the PSHE and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculums following nationwide consultation. Therefore RSE along with Health Education is now statutory and forms part of the National Curriculum.
In September we consulted with you regarding our new PSHE & RSE policies and have trialled a curriculum offer across school using our Values Curriculum, Journey in Love, our RE & Science Curriculums as well as National Events and Awareness Days.
The curriculum focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing and safeguarding. Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own wellbeing.
As parents you do have a right to withdraw your child from some lessons and this is explained in the FAQs
We have recently concluded a consultation with our school community and a final report on this can be found below.
You can read our PSHE and RSE policies and curriculum coverage documents on the Curriculum Page of the website