Relationships and Health Education

Relationships and Health education becomes a compulsory part of the Primary School Curriculum in September 2020. The Government guidance aims to ensure that all schools promote equality, foster pupils’ respect for themselves and others, and help pupils to look after their own health and wellbeing. It also aims to meet the needs of all pupils, supporting their developing identity and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. At St John Baptist School, this curriculum will be incorporated into our existing Values Education and will require very little change to the content that children are taught in School.

However, as required by law, we will be holding a parental consultation as we develop and review our policy for Relationships and Health Education and before any new content is taught to pupils. This will be an opportunity for you to explore the content that is in the curriculum, ask questions and share any concerns. We will be sharing information about how and when this will take place in due course.

Due to the unexpected closure of schools last year, the Department of Education has permitted schools to take a phased approach when introducing these subjects, with the full curriculum being introduced by May 2021. We will be using some of this additional time as we are yet to have had our parental consultation. Throughout the Autumn term, all classes will be teaching Health Education, prioritising content on mental health and wellbeing, with Relationships Education starting in 2021 after the parent consultation has taken place.