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Parents and Carers,

As a part of your child’s education at Norton Canes High School we promote personal wellbeing and
development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme.

PSHE education is the curriculum subject that gives young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential. PSHE is taught throughout the school in every year group and is monitored and reviewed regularly by the PSHE Lead and governing body. All PSHE teaching takes place in a safe learning environment and is
underpinned by our school ethos and values.

Under the Children and Social Work Act 2017 the government committed to making Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) statutory in all secondary schools, Teaching about relationships and sex is nothing new for schools – RSE is covered through PSHE education but the statutory changes have huge potential to ensure support for safe, effective PSHE practice across all schools

I am writing to let you know that, starting 2nd November 2020, your child’s class will be taking part in lessons which will focus on the relationships and sex education (RSE) aspect of the PSHE programme. RSE lessons across Key Stage Three will include teaching about healthy relationships, including friendships and intimate relationships; families; growing and changing, including puberty; personal hygiene; changing feelings; becoming more independent; keeping safe and consent; developing self-esteem and confidence.

At Key Stage Four, students deepen knowledge and understanding, extend and rehearse skills, and further explore attitudes, values and attributes acquired during key stage 3. PSHE education reflects the fact that students are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and government guidelines on social distancing, we will not be holding a parent information presentation, at this stage. However, please check your personal email address; there you will find contact from NCHS. The email will contain more about what your child will be learning, the materials and resources being used in lessons and discover how you can best support your child to discuss these topics at home (Click to see RSE Parent Information Presentation – Oct 2020).

As a school community, we are committed to working in partnership with parents. If you would like to find out more or discuss any concerns, we would urge you to engage with the ‘parent information’ presentation, read and comment on the draft RSE policy Click here.

Policy feedback can be made here by copying and pasting into your browser or openening the .pdf document.

https:forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=u5g-JLouZEqaD59OCjPl0T0ErTxNvLNMhP4yGGZkdU9URVZDS1dJM0NYWlZWNjVYSlFQWTRHVjZKUC4u

Link can be opened from here.

I would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to read both the presentation and draft policy. I welcome your feedback.

Miss Yasmin Powell
(Assistant Associate Personal Development)