Year 10 RSE Letter

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As part of the school Personal Development programme Year 10 pupils will be taught a lesson of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) the week beginning 11th December within their PDC lessons. Lessons are delivered by trained teachers and girls and boys will be taught separately with sensitivity and respect for pupil’s different beliefs and values.

Effective RSE is essential if young people are to make responsible and well-informed decisions about their lives. RSE is part of the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) framework and the school follows the Department of Education guidance when planning and implementing lessons.

We encourage you to keep your child in all elements of this programme and to have conversations at home about this topic. However, within the secondary phase parents can withdraw your child from components of sex education if you wish, as per the government guidelines and our RSE policy (available to view on our website).

Pupils can be withdrawn from components of Sex Education up to and until 3 terms before the child turns 16. After this point, if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than being withdrawn, the school will arrange this.

Pupils are only able to withdraw from elements of sex education that are not covered in the science curriculum and are not considered mandatory by the Department of Education.

This means that the only lesson pupils may be withdrawn from is:

What are the reasons for sex- This lesson helps pupils to recognise the importance and value of the emotional and caring components in relationships including being supportive and honest with one another.

If you do not wish for your child to take part in this lesson you must let the Personal Development Lead know in writing by Monday 4th December 2023.

Requests for withdrawal should be put in writing, and addressed to Mrs L Wilson Deputy headteacher via

Please complete any withdrawal requests by the Monday 4th December 2023.

A copy of withdrawal requests will be placed in the pupil’s educational record. The Deputy Head teacher will discuss the request with parents and take appropriate action.

We believe the content of these subjects are important for all children to be taught. As a school community, we are committed to working in partnership with parents; and know an overwhelming majority of parents are highly supportive of the relationship’s education programme. We are confident you will share our enthusiasm for the successful implementation of the PDC curriculum, which we feel will benefit all of our students.

If you have any further concerns and queries, please do not hesitate to contact us, and we would be happy to discuss things further.

Yours faithfully,

Miss S Websdale
PSHE Co-ordinator

Mrs L Wilson
Deputy Headteacher

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