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Relationships, Sex and Health Education

As you may already be aware, the Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation. These changes came into effect from September 2020 and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements.


Please find below our policy for the teaching of RSHE. This links closely to our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) policy

RSHE Policy


At St George's C of E Primary, we follow the SCARF scheme for Personal, Social and Health Education. RSHE is embedded within this scheme. Below are some useful documents that explain more about this scheme and how it is structured. 

Information for parents: The SCARF Programme

SCARF Programme: What is taught in each year group?

Department for Education Statutory Guidance (Primary)


Right to Withdraw  Your Child from  Sex Education Classes

Government guidance states that "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. Your child’s primary school can choose to teach Sex Education. "  At St George's CE Primary, we have chosen to teach Sex Education within the Year 6 programme. 

The Guidance continues..."If you’d like to know more about this, we recommend speaking to the school to understand what will be taught and when. If you do not want your child to take part in some or all of the lessons on Sex Education, you can ask that they are withdrawn.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." 

In the RSHE Policy  there is a form for withdrawal that you can fill in and then discuss with  the Headteacher. This copy is attached below on this page, and is also available in paper copies from the office. If you require this in a different format to access it please let the office know. 

Please note: The science curriculum also includes content on human development, including reproduction, which there is no right to withdraw from.


 Useful Resources 

We recognise that parents play a vital part in their child’s RSHE, and we encourage you to discuss the themes of the sessions with your child at home as well. Please find below some useful links to websites and resources that can help make these conversations a bit easier! 


RSE Guide for Parents

RSE Guide for Parents (Arabic)

RSE Guide for Parents (Urdu)

Helplines and Support for Parents

Booklist for PSHE Topics

These resources are recommended by SCARF, St George's PSHE and RSE education provider.  Parents / carers should review these as age appropriate for their child. 
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