RSE Parent Consultation
“Effective RSE does not encourage early sexual experimentation. It should teach young people to understand human sexuality and to respect themselves and others. It enables young people to mature, build their confidence and self-esteem and understand reasons for delaying sexual activity. Effective RSE also supports people throughout life to develop safe, fulfilling and healthy sexual relationships at the appropriate time.”
DfE Statutory Guidance for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
The Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education (RSE).
These changes came into effect from September 2020 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. This means that we are in the process of 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
Religious and cultural backgrounds
Special educational needs and/or disabilities
You will be aware that, as a part of your child’s educational experience at Redbridge Community School, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives our students the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.
What does the new guidance mean?
The new RSE 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 young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and will help them take responsibility for their own well-being.
How will this be delivered?
RSE is delivered as part of the PSHE curriculum. This guidance will form part of our school’s PSHE education programme which is taught by tutors during the extended tutor times. Where possible experts are invited into school to facilitate the delivery of these sessions.
All teaching in PSHE will take place in a safe learning environment and be underpinned by our school ethos and values. A variety of opportunities will be provided for pupils to ask questions to further their understanding and to find out more about what affects them personally.
What if I have questions?
To introduce parents to this concept and to ensure everyone is informed, we would like to review the draft policy and the statutory content of the relationships and sex education programme. The draft policy also contains important information for parents about what pupils will be learning about in PSHE lessons at each stage of their journey through Redbridge. As a school community, we are committed to working with parents.
If after reading the draft RSE Policy you would like to respond, please email our PSHE lead Miss Crisell directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The formal RSE policy consultation period ends on Friday 18th December 2020 at 9:00 am.
Redbridge Community School are consulting on the school’s admissions policy for the academic year 2022-2023.
The consultation will run between Monday 14th December 2020 and Friday 12th February 2021.
We welcome views from any interested parties. Please email your comments to: X, stating whether you are a parent/carer of a student at Redbridge Community School or another school, a local resident, a member of school staff or any other interested party.
Redbridge Community School are, along with the other secondary school members of the Reach Cooperative Trust, the Aspire Community Trust and the Hamwic Education Trust, are consulting on the removal of their catchment area. The reasons for this are summarised below
Currently, seven of the twelve secondary schools within the Southampton City Council boundary do not operate a catchment area. The decision to consult on the removal of the catchment area for the remaining five schools has been made to offer parity of practice across the city and to simplify the operation of the admissions process so that this is more accessible and transparent for parents.
The remaining catchment areas within the boundary are historic and no longer wholly appropriate to the demographics and distribution of families within the city.
St Mark’s Primary School will be expanding to become an all-through school, with Year 7 entry beginning in September 2022. This additional secondary resource would further impact the suitability of the existing catchments within the boundary if they were to remain.
Analysis of the impact of the removal of catchments was completed on recent cohorts and showed an effect on a very small number of families (under 10% of those admitted to schools under the catchment criteria of their chosen school). In some cases, the removal of catchment would have allowed children to access their nearest school which is currently not accessible to them due to the nature of the relevant school’s catchment area.
Southampton is an urban area with a dense distribution of schools. There is available provision within the city to accommodate pupils in a school at a reasonable distance from their home without the need of a catchment area to ‘protect’ their address in the way that may be needed in more rural areas, or where schools are at greater distances from residential developments.
There are no other changes proposed to the admissions policy at this time.