At St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Academy, we have due regard for the DfE 2019 Statutory Guidance about Relationships, Health and Sex Education. There is no aspect of this guidance, that we have not signed up to. Our policy will thus follow this statutory guidance, which all schools are implementing in full from 1st September 2021.
At St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Academy, we understand the importance of educating pupils about relationships, health and sex, in order for pupils to make responsible and well-informed choices and decisions in their lives. For example, in respecting boundaries and understanding what is meant by consent.
All Students at St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Academy will be taught, through the planned curriculum, about the 9 protected characteristics, as set out in the Equality Act 2010 and are aware that no discriminatory behaviour of any kind is acceptable. The teaching of RHSE can help to prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. It allows us to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and in the wider society. We have an obligation to provide pupils with high-quality, evidence and age-appropriate teaching of these subjects, especially in relation to same sex relationships.
We have consulted parents, carers, students and staff on the RHSE policy. This has been done with pupil voice, parent/carers surveys and a dedicated RHSE email address.
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