At St Patrick's we have adopted the Jigsaw scheme for our PSHE curriculum.
Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education), is a teaching and learning programme that has a strong focus on emotional and mental health and wellbeing.
As a part of your child’s education at St Patrick's, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of PSHE that 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.
Our Mission Statement commits us to the education of the whole child and we believe that Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is an integral part of this education. It is in this context that we commit ourselves, in partnership with parents, to provide children and young people with a positive and relationships and sexual education which is compatible with their physical, cognitive, psychological, and spiritual maturity, and rooted in the Catholic vision of education and the human person.
The Department for Education has made changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation which came into effect from September 2020 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found at here.
The 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, from September 2020, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, will be statutory, and form part of the National Curriculum.
(Please note that at St Patrick's we teach RSE predominantly in the summer term).
This means that we have been reviewing our RSE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:
- Physical and emotional maturity
- Catholic faith
- Special educational needs and disabilities
As part of this process, we are consulting with parents to help us inform our schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is covered.
This consultation survey will enable us to reach a general consensus and help us make adjustments to our policy and curriculum based on your feedback.
You can complete the survey here: https://forms.gle/xaV8JCs4yXHY5TBy6
The questionnaire will be open until Thursday 25th March 2021
The right to withdraw children from some lessons is explained in the FAQs below.
To help you understand the curriculum requirements, please look at the information below which provides more detail.
- A summary of what all pupils are expected to know by the end of primary school,
- A FAQ sheet
- PSHE Association Overview
- DfE guidance that outlines statutory requirements.