Diary Date: CAPH Spring Conference - Wednesday 13th March 2024 with Dr Pooky Knightsmith and Jo Bradley

Healthy Relationships Education update and free programme for Cornish Schools

Recently, Gillian Keegan, the Secretary of State, wrote two public letters to parents and to school leaders around the publication and sharing of RSHE curriculum materials. This was both untimely during half-term for some schools and without consultation with the Education Sector who could have spoken at length of the work you in fact do to share materials with stakeholders.

Letter from Rt Hon Gillian Keegan MP to schools about sharing curriculum resources (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Education Secretary's letter to parents: You have the right to see RSHE lesson material - The Education Hub (blog.gov.uk)

The NAHT and ASCL have both expressed their concern at the tone of these letters; this is Geoff Barton’s response: ASCL - ASCL responds to Education Secretary’s letter on RSHE materials

Support available to schools in Cornwall

In Cornwall we have a new comprehensive healthy relationship programme on offer to schools that is delivered by 3 amazing services; Safer Futures, Brook and Women’s Aid. These services are working together to ensure there is sufficient education and support across primary and secondary schools. These are targeted, age-appropriate programmes in primary and secondary schools and further education establishments and are free of charge. The aim of our education sessions is to materially enhance the whole-system approach, therefore keeping children safe and advancing our understanding of what works to prevent violence against women and girls.

Safer Futures (Primary focused): The Healthy Relationships Programme delivered by Safer Futures (Barnardos) delivers separate age-appropriate education for children and young people in KS1, KS2 and KS3 and are initially delivered directly in schools by a Barnardo’s facilitator and a classroom teacher.

To find out more about the free Safer Futures programme and for guidance on the RSHE curriculum please see document below.