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RSE Policy - Community Consultation

Consultation Background


1. This consultation seeks your views on our Relationship Sex Education (RSE) Policy, which will apply across The Oaktree School from September 2020, in line with requirements from the Department for Education (DfE).


2. In June 2019, the DfE published “Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education” (June 2019). This guidance:

  • Makes it compulsory for all schools to have an RSE Policy and to consult parents and carers in the development of that policy;
  • Sets out the topics that need to be taught to students by the end of Primary schools; and
  • Makes changes to the right of parents or carers to withdraw their child from the elements of sex education that are not taught as part of the compulsory national science curriculum.


3. These and other topics are covered in our RSE Policy and RSE Curriculum. The new requirements formalise expectations but it does not make significant changes to what we teach our children. The topics required by the DfE were already taught as part of our Life Skills curriculum, and in other subjects.


4. We’ve worked hard to make sure that our new curriculum reflects:

  • Our values of equality, inclusion and respect for all children and communities;
  • Our childrens’ age and maturity levels, as well as their cultural and religious backgrounds;
  • Every childs’ learning needs; and
  • What children need to know to be healthy and safe in school, in their personal relationships and in the wider world


5. This consultation will open on Friday 11th September and has been published on the school website. Parents and carers have been invited to submit responses to the consultation questions via a Monkey Survey.


7. The deadline for responses is Friday 18th September.


8. We will consider responses to the consultation so that our RSE Policy can be published at the start of Autumn 2 Term.

The Oaktree School RSE Policy (Draft)

The Oaktree School's RSE Curriculum

RSE Guide for Parents 2020

RSE - Expectations by the end of Primary School