Parent/Carer Consultation – Relationships and Sex Education Curriculum
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2nd February 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Starting in the Summer Term, all students will be taught a new Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum during PSHE sessions. Prior to the delivery of RSE, we are undertaking a consultation period during which parents and carers have an opportunity to share their views on the RSE content.

South Shore Academy believes that effective RSE is essential for young people to make responsible and well-informed decisions; research, summarised by the Sex Education Forum, shows that students who receive good quality RSE are more likely to use condoms and contraception and are less likely to get an STI or have an unplanned pregnancy.

Our updated curriculum reflects the recent statutory status of RSE in English schools and is based on National Guidance. It has been designed to inform and safeguard all students and will cover healthy relationships, consent and the law, STIs and contraception and different forms of abuse.

National Guidance states that parents and guardians have a right to withdraw their child from Sex Education, however Relationships Education is mandatory. Furthermore, students cannot be withdrawn from RSE lessons three terms before their sixteenth birthday, therefore, all year 11 students and some year 10 students cannot be withdrawn from RSE lessons.

If you would like to take part in the consultation, please read the RSE policy RSE POLICY January 2021 Draft and then complete the form (by following this link RSE Parental Consultation Form) before the 12th of February.

If you have any queries about the RSE at South Shore Academy, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Ostick and Miss Cheston