Relationships, Sex and Health Education
At The Richmond School, we study RSHE to gain the knowledge and understanding to develop the confidence to make our own choices with regards to our own bodies, and to respect the choices of others.

The Department for Education has recently announced changes to relationships, sex and health education (RSHE). Mrs Sharpe wrote to parents and carers in October 2019 to invite them to contribute to a consultation of the RSHE policy and curriculum for our school, and representatives from all other groups of our community were also surveyed. Thank you to everyone who contributed their opinions.

Taking into account the opinions of our children, parents, carers and staff, we have now updated our RSHE curriculum and policy (see 'Statutory Information') so that we can be sure our RSHE provision is appropriate for our pupils, as per the Government’s requirements around ‘protected characteristics’, based on their age, sex, gender, physical or emotional maturity, race, religious or cultural background, special educational needs or disabilities, or orientation.

The national changes will come into effect from September 2020 and all schools will be required to comply from this date. As a school, now the consultation has ended, we will be implementing the new requirements immediately, from Monday 2nd December 2019.

As per our policy, in line with updated Government advice:
- Parents and carers do not have the right to withdraw their children from relationships and health education, including the videos that the school has chosen to support the teaching of the RSHE curriculum (which have been edited by the school in order to make them age-appropriate, as determined by this policy).
- Parents and carers of Year 6 children have the right to withdraw their children from the sex education components within RSHE, noted in Section 5 [of the policy].
- Requests for withdrawal should be put in writing using the form found in Appendix 3 of this policy and addressed to the headteacher.
- Alternative work will be given to children who are withdrawn from the sex education element of RSHE.

Please click here to view the modified Channel 4 videos we use in our RSHE lessons, with kind permission from Channel 4. These are intended for viewing by parents and carers, not children. If you would like the password to access these videos, please contact your child's class teacher.