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3rd October 2019

Dear Parents/Carers

Primary Relationships Education 2020

You may be aware that the government have introduced new guidance for Relationships Education which will become compulsory in all schools in England from September 2020. Schools will need to develop a curriculum to meet these new objectives.  In primary schools, the emphasis of this new guidance is placed on the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy.

As part of this process, we are working with a group of inner-city Head Teachers alongside community groups and faith leaders to develop a whole school policy and curriculum. Throughout this process we will consult with parents and the wider community in order to arrive at a policy and practice that meets our legal requirements whilst taking in to consideration the views of our community.

I understand that there are concerns amongst sections of the community but I want to reassure you that our guiding principles are that compulsory subject content must be age and developmentally appropriate. It must be taught sensitively and inclusively, with respect to the backgrounds and beliefs of pupils and parents while always with the aim of providing pupils with the knowledge of the law.

At a recent meeting with Head Teachers and Governors the following objectives and timelines were agreed:

Autumn Term 2019

Gain the views of community groups to inform the writing of the policy and the development of materials

Spring Term 2020

Schools will consult on the policy and share the suggested materials with parents, carers and the wider community

Summer Term 2020

School will finalise and ratify the policy, share with parents and provide training for staff

Autumn Term 2020

Implement new Relationships Education for all year groups

 

We are aware that, nationally and locally, there are concerns about what will be taught in schools. May I assure you, the school’s role in Relationships Education is to educate and not to promote. In addition, during the consultation process you will have the opportunity to see first- hand and discuss the contents of the school’s curriculum.

If you have any questions or concerns about anything raised in this letter, please do not hesitate to speak to me.

Please visit our website: www.arboretum.derby.sch.uk / Parents / Letters to Parents to read this letter in other languages.

Yours sincerely

Mr N Daintith

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