Faith and RSE
We live in a very diverse and vibrant community and within that community there will be diverse views. We aware that some of the Relationships and Health Education expectations that we have to teach may not be the views of everyone.
The new guidance states that ‘in all schools, when teaching these subjects (Relationships, health and Sex Education) the religious background of all pupils must be taken into account when planning teaching, so that topics are appropriately handled’ DFE RSHE Guidance
However, the guidance is also very clear that in all schools the teaching ‘should reflect the law as it applies to relationships, so that young people clearly understand what the law allows and does not allow, and the wider legal implications of decisions that they may make.’
As a school we have to comply with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. Under this act schools must not unlawfully discriminate against pupils because of any protected characteristic (age, gender, race, disability, religion, gender assignment or sexual orientation)
As a school, we will be using the ‘Faith and relationships documentation- a guide to support faith-inclusive Relationships, Sex and health Education in Nottingham schools.’ This document was produced by representatives of Nottingham’s Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) and other local faith leaders who worked together to explore how to meet the requirements of the new guidance and engage positively with the diverse community in Nottingham.
“Children should be made aware of the importance of human relationships and how people will live differently, so we can embrace diversity and respect each other despite our differences.”
Dr Musharraf Hussain, CEO and Chief Imam Karimia Institute
Staff will read through the key faith perspectives on the topics relevant to their lessons- this will not only support them in representing different views but also in understanding how pupils in their class may understand or respond to the lessons being delivered.
Click below to read Faith and Relationships document.