Updated statutory RSHE guidance came into effect from September 2020. From September 2020, all primary age children will learn relationships education and health education, and all secondary age children will learn relationships & sex education (RSE) and health education.
The Government has produced a response to explain some of the common misconceptions around the subjects - Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education: FAQs.
Find answers to further FAQ’s such as; Do we still teach PSHE?, Should we call these subjects PSHE or RSHE?, What provision does our school need to have in place? What information should be shared with parents/carers?
Support for Doncaster schools
Through the Healthy Learning, Healthy Lives programme our team have been making schools aware of the changes and supporting them to prepare for implementation. This has included arranging specialist training for school staff, sharing resources and establishing a multi-agency implementation group. The multi-agency Doncaster RSHE Implementation Group has been meeting since October 2019 to work together to support educational settings implement the statutory guidance. For more details about the group please get in touch.
Through the group a decision was made for the purchase of a RSHE (5-16) Scheme Of Work which will available for all Doncaster Schools, to ensure there is universal access to good quality, evidence-based information and resources that form the teaching of these subjects.
RSHE Curriculum - Free for Doncaster Schools
Background to the curriculum
The chosen curriculum has been developed in Sheffield, it is based on national and local research and good practice, and has included input and consultation with academics, health professionals, community, faith and religious groups and representatives of the LGBT+ community.
A message from the Learn Sheffield team;
We are delighted to share with you the first draft of the Sheffield Primary Relationships Sex and Health Education Curriculum 2020. (The Secondary Curriculum will also be made available in the coming weeks).
We had been working to a post Easter launch but as you will appreciate events have somewhat overtaken us. Thank you for your patience.
Because of the Covid19 lockdown we have been unable to complete our process of extensive consultation and feedback to agree the sign-off of a final version. However, we were keen to for you to have a version to start your planning for September so we have published this draft version.
We don’t feel that now is the correct time to carry out any further community or school based discussions on the content and indeed DFE have indicated that next academic year will be seen as an implementation period which will allow for those discussions to take place at a late date in greater detail.
It was always our intention to review the content in the light of feedback from teachers and we will do so over the next term with a view to launching the final version in Spring 2021 when hopefully we can all be together in person.
We hope you find the curriculum useful and we look forward to getting your feedback.
Sue Finnigan and Thom Winterbotham
Sheffield CC eLearning Service - An Associate Service to Learn Sheffield
Access to the curriculum
The RSHE curriculum is free for Doncaster schools to use.
To access the curriculum, your setting will need to be signed up to Doncaster’s Healthy Learning, Healthy Lives (HLHL) programme (Doncaster’s Healthy Schools programme). The programme includes an accreditation award and this website with resources, information and useful contacts for teachers, professionals and families of children aged 2 to 18 years. By working towards the award, education settings will be able to not only improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families but will also be meeting a range of local and national priorities.
For Doncaster settings, it is free to join Healthy Learning, Healthy Lives, this includes all support, advice and the evaluation to become an accredited healthy school along with access to all the resources the team develop and access to the RSHE curriculum. As the programme is hosted digitally, after the first year there is a small annual charge of £20-£40 per setting (e.g. per school, or PRU) to cover the admin costs. More information is available here.
Important Note: The RSHE curriculum has been commissioned and is funded for use in schools situated geographically within Sheffield and Doncaster only.
Please do not share the content of the curriculum with colleagues further afield. If you are aware of other schools in Doncaster that would like to use the curriculum please ask them to contact the Healthy Learning, Healthy Lives team; email@example.com so we can ensure they are provided with all the supporting material.
If colleagues outside of Doncaster or Sheffield are interested in the curriculum, please ask them to contact the Learn Sheffield team directly by emailing Sue Finnigan firstname.lastname@example.org
A draft version of the primary (KS1 & KS2) curriculum is now available, the KS3 & KS4 curriculum will soon be available. To access the curriculum please complete and return this form to email@example.com;
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Feedback from schools who have accessed the curriculum;
"Thank you for this [link to curriculum]. I have spent the evening and morning looking through it and think it is priceless. I am excited to be able to use it to support the learning of both PHSE and RSE and look forward to the updates."
Useful Information and resources
Both the PSHE Association and the Sex Education Forum have a number of free resources, including a curriculum design tool, a roadmap highlighting what to do and when to be ready for implementation and an RSE audit tool. These and other resources can be accessed via the Sex Education Forum website.
If you have any further queries about the implementation of RSHE please contact the Healthy Learning, Healthy Lives team.