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Sunnyside Primary Academy

Relationship and Sex Education

Changes to the provision of PSHE / RSE from September 2020

With effect from September 2020 the content of school provision in PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) and RSE (Relationships & Sex Education) has changed with statutory elements being added.

Sunnyside has always taught a relatively broad curriculum within PSHE that references many areas such as drugs, relationships, tolerance, online safety etc and this continues in the new guidance along with many new areas of learning.

'Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory RSE. Before granting any such request it would be good practice for the headteacher to discuss the request with parents and, as appropriate, with the child to ensure that their wishes are understood and to clarify the nature and purpose of the curriculum. Schools will want to document this process to ensure a record is kept.'

At Sunnyside Primary much of the 'Sex Education' element falls within the parameters of the science topics of learning which include life cycles, health & hygiene and puberty and is therefore part of the normal cycle of teaching. Additional information will be shared with parents prior to teaching to allow for informed decisions to be made regarding whether you choose to opt out - which must be done in writing.


Please take the time to read our parent presentation below and read our frequently asked questions documents (FAQs) alternatively, make an appointment with Mrs Sayers or Mrs Atkinson.