Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Sex and Relationship Education

Statement
Oasis Community Learning (OCL) is committed to helping young people develop loving and respectful relationships and a responsible attitude to intimacy and sex. We place the Oasis Ethos at the heart of all teaching on relationships and sexual health, including the commitment to promoting healthy and positive relationships, treating everyone equally and respecting differences. OCL recognises the reality and legitimacy of human diversity and is committed to providing sex and relationship education which values this diversity.
 
OCL also recognises that it has an obligation to combat homophobia and transphobia, which affects the lives of many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and non-LGBT people.
 
OCL recognises that the prime responsibility for bringing up children rests with parents and carers, though it equally recognises that the focus of sex and relationships education must be the well-being of pupils and the provision of accurate, objective and appropriate information.
 
Oasis Community Learning is aware that revised the DfE draft Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education will come into place in September 2020.  Until this time we follow the statutory Sex and Relationship Education Guidance from 2000 and the non-statutory PSHCE guidance from 2013.  
 
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from part of the sex and relationships education, but not that part covered in the statutory Science curriculum. If a parent wishes their child to be withdrawn from any aspect of sex and relationship education, they should discuss this with the Principal or appropriate senior leader, and make it clear which aspects of the programme they do not wish their child to participate in.

Useful information

The DfE has published an FAQ document for parents to help them understand the forthcoming changes in statutory RSE from September 2020. The FAQ is also available in Arabic and Urdu, and can be found at the link below 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education-faqs