Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly with your God
Young people most desire to learn about (and have modelled for them) good, healthy relationships. They want to learn how to secure, develop and sustain healthy relationships and how to be able to recognise when and how relationships go wrong. They must be prepared for the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of being in relationship with other people. Relationships education and RSE must give pupils the understanding, vocabulary and strategies they require to keep themselves safe and to thrive within good, stable long-term relationships of all kinds. RSE should give pupils accurate information to equip them for life in the modern world. (Church of England Education Office Response to a Call for Evidence on RSE Curriculum)
Schools are required to comply with the Equality Act 2010. As a Church of England School we will build on our faith and outstanding relationships at our school to help create a constructive and supportive context for teaching Relationships Education.
Working with our parents and community
The scheme of work, resources and outcomes for Relationships Education are available for parents and carers to look through – please contact the school office to arrange a time to look at these with the headteacher. Furthermore, parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of our statutory Sex and Relationships Education (RSE) curriculum. If parents do request for their child to be withdrawn, it is good practice that a meeting between the parent and headteacher is held to discuss the request and clarify the nature and purpose of the curriculum.
The Scheme of Work and organisation of units continues to be adapted as we align our PSHE curriculum with the statutory guidance on Relationships Education and Health Education (September 2019). Parents are welcome and encouraged to speak to Mr Wills (Headteacher) about the scheme of work’s content and delivery as we work together to ensure our children are confident and have all the skills required to build healthy respectful relationships, focussing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. That they understand what it means to be physically and mentally healthy and have the capability to take care of themselves and receive support if problems arise.
We will achieve this this through “Valuing All God’s Children” and holding in our heart to “Love thy neighbour as thyself”.
Relationships Education at Eltham Church of England Primary School
The school follows SCARF (which stands for Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship) designed and resourced by Coram Education. Lessons are mapped to the PSHE Association programmes of study, SCARF is a framework gives teachers skills and confidence to embed a comprehensive PSHE and Wellbeing programme throughout the primary years. SCARF is a whole-school approach to promoting behaviour, safety, achievement and wellbeing.
Teachers deliver Relationships Education as part of our Collective Worship connecting the lesson with the ethos of Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly with Your God. Furthermore, in conjunction with the Church of England’s response to deliver “spiritual and moral aspects of relationships within a context of Christian vision for the purpose of life”. Therefore lessons are designed to align with Collective Worship and conclude with children reflecting on the values and teaching of the Bible.