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Your right as a parent

The important lessons you teach your child about healthy relationships, looking after themselves and staying safe, are respected and valued under this new curriculum. Teaching at Southfield School will complement and reinforce the lessons you teach your child as they grow up.

At Southfield we aim to build positive relationship with parents/carers on these subjects over time – for example by inviting parents into school to discuss what will be taught, address any concerns and help support parents in managing conversations with their children on these issues. This can be an important opportunity to talk about how these subjects contribute to wider support in terms of students wellbeing and keeping children safe.

Due to the current pandemic we had to cancel our consultation meeting in March 2020 and have decided to give you the opportunity to reflect and review our draft policy for RSE online. We welcome your opinions, and this consultation will help your us decide how and when to cover aspects of the statutory guidance. It will enable us to tailor our teaching to reflect our students.

At Southfield we want all children to grow up healthy, happy, safe, and able to manage the challenges and opportunities of modern society. To facilitate this from September 2020, all secondary age children will be taught Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSE).

These subjects are designed to equip our students with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a successful adult life. The world for all young people looks very different from the way it did 20 years ago when this curriculum was last updated – these changes bring the content to the present, making it relevant for young people both now and in the future.

How will your child be taught?

As part of the school’s Personal, Social and Health Education programme, your child will soon receive a unit of lessons on relationships, sexual health and personal safety (RSE).

The purpose of the RSE unit is to provide knowledge and understanding of safe and healthy relationships based on love and respect. This is to encourage the eventual development of safe and healthy relationships in later life. The unit will develop understanding and attitudes which will help students to form relationships in a responsible and healthy manner and to appreciate the value of stable family life, including the responsibilities of parenthood and marriage. 

Throughout their time at Southfield, our students will have been taught content on:

  • Families
  • Being safe
  • Respectful relationships, including friendships
  • Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health
  • Online media
  • Changing adolescent body