At St Gabriel’s, we have always recognised the crucial role PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) plays in the education and wellbeing of all our children. It has always been an integral part of our curriculum, taught both as stand alone sessions and through cross curricular learning. Our PSHE curriculum gives children and young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.
As you may already be aware, the Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education (RSE) following nationwide consultation. These changes came into effect from September 2020 and all schools were originally required to comply with the updated requirements from this date.
At St Gabriel’s we had planned to carry out parent consultation workshops in June/July 2020 to share the curriculum content and resources to be used for the new RSE element of our PSHE curriculum. However due to lockdown these sessions were unable to go ahead.
The government have recognised that many schools were unable to consult with parents due to the current situation and have therefor extended the time frame for implementation to Summer 2021(at the latest)
The statutory government guidance can be found at:
The new guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own well-being.
Consequently Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, will be statutory, and form part of the National Curriculum. As a result of these changes we have been reviewing our RSE curriculum and policy.
In order to ensure that all the statutory requirements are covered throughout school in a sensitive and age appropriate way, St Gabriel’s are now going to be following an online scheme of work, provided by 'Coram Life Education' called 'SCARF' (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship). This scheme does not only ensure that the statutory objectives are taught but also combines them with additional PSHE objectives, ensuring our children are given the tools to become, life long learners and acquire personal skills and attributes to help them in their future lives.
Another reason behind our choice in following the 'SCARF' curriculum resource, is their understanding of Christian values. Coram Life Education states:
“The RSE elements of SCARF are based on the SCARF values of Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship. We believe that all children deserve to be safe, cared for and to learn the skills they need to develop healthy relationships. We feel there is a natural fit between these values and the ethos of schools with a religious character.”
Further down this page you will find more details about our curriculum and links to more detailed breakdowns of expectations and objectives.
Policy + Curriculum Documents
We have written a new draft RSE policy. This policy is open for consultation with parents between Monday 30th November to Friday December 18th. The link below will take you to the draft policy:
The downloadable documents below give you an overview of the SCARF curriculum for PSHE including the RELATIONSHIP elements of the SCARF curriculum. They have been adapted to meet the needs of our learners in an age appropriate time frame.
Reception SCARF lessons take into consideration the EYFS curriculum and will still be assessed against 'Development Matters,' and will be working towards the Early Learning Goals within the prime area of learning - Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
The Coram Life Education 'SCARF' website that we use is password protected, however, there is a section called 'About Us' which introduces the work they do and the research behind their scheme and what they provide to the school.
Whilst I am sure that there will be differences of opinion about the changes, we hope that by sharing information about the resources to be used and consulting you with regards to the RSE school policy we will be able to provide a curriculum in line with statutory requirements. Therefore, as part of our curriculum review, we would like your views on:
Our draft policy for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) . Please read the policy in conjunction with the curriculum maps above.
Your views can be shared using our online anonymous questionnaire linked below
What is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision for the school and consultation does not provide a parental veto on curriculum content as schools are legally required to teach the National Curriculum. The right to withdraw children from some lessons is explained fully in the policy.
As a school community, we are currently in unprecedented times which make it a little more challenging to consult with you. To help you understand the curriculum requirements, I have placed links to further information below which I would encourage you to read.
St Gabriel’s Primary School will be starting their consultation process on Monday 30th November and the consultation will close on Friday 18th December. Please read all documents and complete the online questionnaire by the consultation closing date.
Your views are very important to us and we will respond to you on the outcome of this process once the data has been analysed. Once we have considered all the feedback, the finalised Relationships and Sex Education Policy will be uploaded to the school’s website which will also set out the proposed curriculum.
I hope this letter and attached information goes some way to answer any questions you may have. If you have any queries or concerns regarding the consultation process, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Mrs D Foster
Lower School Assistant Head