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Invitation to Relationships and Sex Education Consultation

Dear Parents,


From September 2020 Relationships Education will become compulsory in all primary schools in England. Although sex education in primary schools will not be compulsory, the DfE continues to recommend that primary schools have a sex education programme tailored to the age and physical and emotional maturity of the pupils.


The statutory guidance for schools with regards to Relationships Education in primary schools supports the teaching of fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other peers and adults. At Nightingale Primary we believe that children should learn about relationships as well as the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, human sexuality and sexual health in an age-appropriate way. This goes beyond learning about relationships, to include puberty, how a baby is conceived and born, body ownership, and safeguarding.


In order to ensure that our policy meets the needs of our pupils and parents and reflects the community we serve, we would like to invite you to consult in developing a new policy.


What will be involved?


  • Your time to read statutory requirements and a revised policy provided by the school
  • Your time to meet with a working party during the school day; first proposed date, Wednesday 24th June at 10:00am
  • Openness to balanced debates about issues that are seen as contentious in Primary Education


We will be looking for a small working party that is balanced in gender with representation across the school (Year R – Year 6 parents) and you will need to be able to access Microsoft Teams.


If you can spare your time and this is of interest to you, please do put yourself forward by completing the form which you can find here (or by visiting by Friday 12th June at 3.30pm and we shall get back to you at the earliest possible date to confirm reading lists, dates and times.    


Yours sincerely,


Mrs H Beckett