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  • YEAR 7 - 06 May 2022 - Relationships and Sex Education


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    May 2022

    Dear parents/carers,

    Every year we write to you to let you know about our Relationships and Sex
    Education curriculum. This programme of study is an essential part of the curriculum
    and we deliver most of it through tutor time with age-appropriate resources and an
    opportunity for discussion with the tutor and tutor group.

    We follow a national personal, social and health education scheme which is called
    Jigsaw. Jigsaw has been designed to meet the requirements outlined in the
    Department for Education’s Statutory Guidance and has been recommended for
    use by Bristol Local Authority.

    I am writing to inform you that during term 6 (8 June -13 July) your child’s tutor will be
    delivering age-appropriate relationships/sex education as part of our tutor
    programme. This will be delivered very sensitively. Children can just listen, and no
    one will be asked to speak or contribute if they are uncomfortable.
    All students should be present and listen to the important information and messages
    delivered. You can see details of the programme on the next page.

    Can I withdraw my child from this curriculum?
    • The new Statutory Guidance referred to above makes it clear that students
    cannot be withdrawn from relationships education (R)
    • Students cannot be withdrawn from sex education delivered through the
    Science curriculum (for example as part of the Key Stage 3 or
    GCSE Science curriculum).
    • Students can be withdrawn from Sex Education (S) delivered during the PSHE/tutor time programme. To withdraw students, you need permission
    from the Headteacher, as per our RSHE Policy.

    We hope you are pleased that we will be delivering this very important curriculum
    to each year group. Please contact me, as Head of Year, if you have any concerns
    about this, or are thinking about withdrawing your child from some lessons.

    Yours sincerely

    Miss Carly Bryan, Head of Year 7

    Relationships and Sex Education Curriculum
    • Children must attend lessons labelled as ‘R’ (Relationships Education)
    • Children can be withdrawn from lessons labelled as ‘S’ (Sex Education) with the
    permission of the Headteacher. Please complete a form provided by your
    Head of Year if you wish to withdraw your child from these sessions


    Year 7
    Reproductive system; changes through puberty – emotional and physical
    changes, and how to cope with the changes

    Conception: how babies are conceived (naturally and through other
    ways e.g. IVF)


    How a baby develops inside the uterus and is born


    Awareness of (FGM) Female Genital Mutilation and where to seek help


    Healthy relationships – different types of relationships


    Roles and responsibilities of parenting


    Self Esteem: how social media can impact on self-esteem and body image


    Where to access support if worried about adolescence