The Council, in partnership with Achieving for Children, Directors of Public Health and local Councillors across Richmond and Kingston have launched a statement of support for schools in their delivery of the new national Relationships Education, Relationships & Sex Education, and Health Education statutory guidance and curriculum content. The new Department for Education statutory guidance was published in July 2019 under the Children and Social Work Act 2017. It reinforces Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education delivered in schools to date by ensuring that all pupils in every school are consistently supported with the right information, skills and knowledge to enable them to keep safe and build their resilience as they journey into adulthood. Schools began their programmes of delivery in September 2020.
Councillors in both boroughs have said in support of the work in schools:
“Richmond and Kingston Councillors, the Council and Achieving for Children welcome the government’s new compulsory subjects of Relationships Education, Relationships & Sex Education and Health Education (RSHE) in schools. The curriculum which is taught in our schools is an important contribution to the overall safeguarding, health and wellbeing of children and young people in our borough. With all the current pressures on young people as they grow up, it has never been more important to ensure that a strong curriculum is in place to help children and young people, in partnership with parents and carers, to build the resilience and skills to manage their relationships and promote their health and well-being as they grow safely into independent young adults. We know that our Youth Council sees this as a priority within our schools, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to commend the national guidance for our schools across the borough.”
The public health team regularly commission training to support the implementation of PSHE in schools. For more information and latest training courses please visit AfC CPD website (opens a new window)
Relationships, sex and health education: Guides for Parents
The government have produced some useful guides for parents of primary and secondary age pupils that schools can use to communicate with them about teaching relationships and health education.
Relationships, sex and health education: Information for Young People
Getting It On is a website dedicated to helping teenagers in South West London (opens a new window). The website provides information and advice on key issues such as sexual and mental health, drugs, alcohol and relationship problems, and gives listings of helpful services and clinics across the area.
To find a full list of all the local clinics and services in your area, use the search facility. Choose your area: Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton or Wandsworth – then pick the category that best matches your query from the drop-down menus.
Getting It On is there to help. Don’t go it alone. The website can also be used as a resource for parents and carers and education staff in schools as part of the PSHE curriculum.