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    Effective engagement gives the space and time for parents to input, ask questions, share concerns and for the school to decide the way forward.

    Q: Will my child’s school have to engage with me before teaching these subjects?

    A: Schools will be required to consult with parents when developing and reviewing their policies for Relationships Education and RSE, which will inform schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is covered. Effective engagement gives the space and time for parents to input, ask questions, share concerns and for the school to decide the way forward. Schools will listen to parents’ views, and then make a reasonable decision as to how they wish to proceed. When and how content is taught is ultimately a decision for the school, and consultation does not provide a parental veto on curriculum content.

    A school’s policies for these subjects must be published online, and must be available to any individual free of charge. Schools should also ensure that, when they engage parents, they provide examples of the resources they plan to use, for example the books they will use in lessons.

    Q: Does the new Relationships Education and RSE curriculum take account of my faith?

    A: The subjects are designed to help children from all backgrounds build positive and safe relationships, and to thrive in modern Britain.

    In all schools, when teaching these subjects, the religious background of pupils must be taken into account when planning teaching, so that topics are appropriately handled. Schools with a religious character can build on the core required content by reflecting their beliefs in their teaching.

    In developing these subjects, we have worked with a number of representative bodies and faith organisations, representing all the major faith groups in England. Several faith organisations produce teaching materials that schools can choose to use.

    Q: Has the government listened to the views of my community in introducing these subjects?

    A: A thorough engagement process, involving a public call for evidence and discussions with over 90 organisations, as well as the public consultation on the draft regulations and guidance, has informed the key decisions on these subjects. The consultation received over 11,000 responses from teachers, schools, expert organisations, young people and parents – these responses have helped finalise the statutory guidance.

    The Department for Education has
    published parent guides for parents of
    primary and secondary pupils about the
    new subjects – providing these to your
    parents can be a helpful first step in
    opening the conversation.
    Once you have prepared your programme and
    drafted your policy, there are different options
    for engaging with parents. Stage one of an
    engagement process should be information
    and briefing. Stage two is a suitable method
    to gather parent views
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    A guide for primary headteachers setting out why they must engage parents on their school's relationships education policy and tips on how to do so.

    Parental engagement on relationships education- Download Link


    Guides for parents of primary and secondary age pupils that schools can use to communicate with them about teaching relationships and health education.
    Direct link to website


    Guides are also available in the following languages:
    • Arabic
    • Somali
    • Urdu
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    A method of consultation that we found really useful was to host an RSE table at every year groups Parents Evening. This way you can demonstrate the kinds of resources being used talk to parents 1 on 1 that have questions or concerns and then also carry out a survey of their opinions and feed parental input into the design of your PSHE Curriculum

    It is worth considering what is the purpose of your consultation?
    • Opportunity to raise awareness with parents bout the new RSE and Health Changes
    • Opportunity to share with parents the resource you plan to use
    • Opportunity to see how parents could support the delivery at home
    • Opportunity to share with parents how you plan to tackle sensitive topics
    • Opportunity to define ‘sex education’ and ensure this is included in your RSE policy
    • Opportunity to invite comments, thoughts and feedback which can be reflected on by the school
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    Another method shared by the excellent PSHE Practitioner Brian Reeve-Hayes is a parent Consultation Presentation that explains the changes (Download document below)
    (Again adapt to your own schools' provision of PSHE)

    RSE Parent Information about LSW (451K)
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    Here is another example shared by Miss Cox of sending a letter out to invite consultation from parents.
    This example is Primary and links with delivering the Scarf Programme during PSHE
    PSHE letter (14K)
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    List of potential ideas to explore to help with consultation
    • Google forms / Microsoft Forms
    • Survey Monkey
    • Consultation Evening
    • Coffee Mornings (Drop in Sessions)
    • Stand / Table / Stall at Parents Evenings
    • Sharing a cover letter to all parents about the changes
    • Dedicated Section on the School website (Email contact for main PSHE Lead, RSE Policy, Sample Material or just the scheme of work)
    • Student Survey (see what they would like)
    • Focus Groups

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    Example of Consultation Questions that you could adapt or use as part of your own consultation process
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    PSHE Association
    (these documents are not behind the pay wall)
    PSHE Association website link
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    Using Survey Monkey can make it easy to analyse results.

    Here is an example:

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