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PSHE Parental Consultation

Dear Parents & Carers,

As a part of your child’s educational experience at Battling Brook Primary School, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education that gives children and young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. 

At Battling Brook School this year, we have launched a new PSHE scheme called Jigsaw. An overview of this new scheme was emailed out to all parents and carers at the start of this academic year. The children are engaging well and Jigsaw has already begun to have a positive impact on the children’s learning.

What is Jigsaw, and how does it work?

Jigsaw is a comprehensive PSHE Education programme, including statutory Relationships and Health Education. It is a spiral, age-appropriate, progressive scheme of work, for the whole primary school, from Reception through to Year 6. This scheme has been adopted by many schools nationwide and is a well-regarded programme endorsed by Leicestershire Healthy Schools Team. It gives our children relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and develop positive relationships with themselves and others.

Jigsaw has two aims for all children:

• To build their capacity for learning

• To equip them for life

As you may be aware, last year The Department for Education announced new statutory content on Relationships and Health Education.

The statutory guidance can be found at

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education

 These changes were due to come into effect from September 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures, the government decided to extend this deadline to April 2021.

From this new date all schools will be required to comply with these requirements. Schools should consult with all stake holders to ensure all points of view are considered before a final policy is finalised and produced.

Our PSHE, Relationships and Health Policy focuses on ensuring our provision is appropriate for our children based on their:

· Age

· Physical and emotional maturity

· Religious and cultural backgrounds

 · Special educational needs and/or disabilities

Parental Engagement

Engagement is a positive step – it helps to ensure that everyone involved understands what is being taught, when and how. It helps develop a shared set of values between parents and schools on these subjects. It gives parents a voice and the knowledge that their views are being listened to. It helps to dispel myths about the subjects, and it creates an opportunity to build stronger relationships with parents. Crucially with these subjects, it can help parents to understand how they can support what their child is learning in school with their own teaching at home. Relationships Education is best delivered with cooperation and support from parents. Engagement works best when everyone involved enters into it with an open mind.

We are seeking parents’ views on the statutory Relationships Education curriculum that is in place from this year. We have attached further information and specific examples of the statutory content that we will be delivering in our Relationships and Health Education. Please find attached:

·         A summary of the Relationships and Health Education statutory content children are expected to know by the end of primary school

·         A parents’ guide

·         A leaflet on LGBTQ relationships and what is taught at a primary level

·         Our proposed draft policy

·         puberty and human reproduction Jigsaw content overview

 

We trust that any questions you may have will be answered in these documents., however if you have any further comments or queries relating to our draft policy then please email us at pshe@battlingbrook.uk

Battling Brook Primary School will be starting their consultation period today (Friday 5th February 2021) and will end on Monday 22nd February 2021.

Your views are important to us and we will take them all into consideration with the senior leadership team before sharing the outcome of the consultation and the final policy.

 

Yours sincerely

Mrs Ettridge