Key Stage 3
Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage many of the critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up and in adulthood.
By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, an effective PSHE programme can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.
Programme of Study – click here
PSHE can encompass many areas of study. The relationships and health aspects of PSHE education will be compulsory in all schools from 2020. Relationships Education and Relationship and Sex Education is taught as part of broader PSHE education. This way pupils can develop the necessary skills, knowledge and personal attributes as part of a planned programme of regular lessons that also addresses related factors such as media literacy, drugs and alcohol, equality and prejudice and health.
Right to withdraw your child
Parents and guardians do not have the right to withdraw from Health Education or the Relationships Education element of Relationships and Sex Education, because it is important that all children receive this content, covering topics such as friendships and how to stay safe.
If parents and guardians do not want their child to take part in some or all of the Sex Education lessons they can ask that they are withdrawn. The Head Teacher of Paignton Academy will consider this request and discuss it with the parents/guardians, and will grant this in all but exceptional circumstances, up until three school terms before the student turns 16. At this age, the child can choose to receive Sex Education if they would like to, and Paignton Academy will arrange for your child to receive this teaching in one of those three terms (unless there are exceptional circumstances).
The science curriculum in all maintained schools also includes content on human development, including reproduction, which there is no right to withdraw from.
If you wish to find more information about the Sex Education curriculum please look at the details on the school website or contact [email protected] . If you feel you have a reason to withdraw your child from the Sex Education part of PSHE, you will need to contact [email protected] in the first instance, and a meeting will be arranged with Mr. Smith to discuss your concerns.
To view or download the RSE secondary schools guide for parents click here