Supporting Your Child

Information about how The Keystone Academy will work with parents and carers to support your child’s whole development is coming soon.  It will include:

  • Curriculum and learning opportunities 
  • Therapeutic approaches
  • Working together with families
  • Working together with agencies

In the meantime, you are invited to consider our Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum:

Parent / Carer Consultation

Parents and carers are invited to consider the Keystone Academy’s intent for teaching Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), summarised below.  Please get in touch via email at admin@thekeystoneacademy.org if you have any questions or concerns.

This period of consultation is open until 30th September 2022.

 

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education & Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

At the Keystone Academy, we recognise and value the importance of teaching a strong and relevant Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum which prepares our pupils for life in a modern society, both within and beyond school.  Included within our PSHE curriculum is statutory content relating to Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).

 

The aims of our RSE curriculum are to:

  • Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place
  • Prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene
  • Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
  • Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships
  • Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies

The RSE curriculum will be taught in an age-appropriate way to educate and raise awareness of the key areas noted above.

 

Parents / carers’ right to withdraw

For primary aged children:

Parents / carers do not have the right to withdraw their children from relationships education.

Parents / carers do have the right to withdraw their children from the non-statutory/non-science components of sex education within RSE.  However, they cannot do so without a good reason. 

For secondary aged children:

Parents / carers do have the right to withdraw their children from the non-statutory/non-science components of sex education within RSE up to and until 3 terms before the child turns 16.  However, they cannot do so without good reason.  After this point, if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than being withdrawn, the school will arrange this.

All requests for withdrawal (for primary or secondary aged pupils) should be put in writing using the form found in the RSE Policy and addressed to the Headteacher.

A copy of withdrawal requests will be placed in the pupil’s educational record. The Headteacher will discuss the request with parents and take appropriate action.

 

For further information about the RSE curriculum, the full RSE policy can be viewed here Relationships and Sex Education Policy