Enfield Council Press Manager: Andrew Golder, Andrew.Golder@enfield.gov.uk / 020 8132 1108
We have a large multi-cultural and harmonious community in Enfield which embraces its diversity. Schools should provide a safe environment for all pupils, regardless of their religion, cultural heritage or sexual orientation. It is also important that pupils are given the tools to understand the world around them and to respect and comply with equalities legislation. Bullying and prejudicial treatment of any form is unwelcomed in this borough.
From September 2020, all primary schools in England will be required to teach Relationships Education, all secondary schools in England will be required to teach Relationships and Sex Education, and all schools in England will be required to teach Health Education. At primary level all schools will be required to teach about different types of committed stable relationships, which includes LGBT relationships.
Parents will not have the right to withdraw their children from Relationships Education at primary or secondary level. Parents can request to withdraw their children from Sex Education at primary and secondary level, up to and until three terms before the child turns 16.
The curriculum will offer the opportunity to discuss issues around self-esteem, identity, acceptance and anti-bullying strategies. These themes will be explored across the curriculum. Most notably, all pupils will be expected to understand the importance of equality and respect and schools must ensure they comply with the Equality Act 2010. Schools will be supporting all pupils to respect people who are different to them and helping to tackle the prejudice-based bullying. All teaching will be age appropriate and each school will develop an approach that works best for its pupils and the local community, while being mindful of their legal obligations under the new guidance.
Schools will be expected to have a written policy on how they plan to teach relationships and sex education and they must consult parents when developing and reviewing this. We would welcome proactive, thoughtful and respectful discussions with parents as we embark on this new policy – all Enfield schools have an open-door policy so parents’ and carers’ questions can be answered. Our aim is to help foster a safe, supportive school environment for young people to grow up in and to build confidence in this teaching. If you would like to discuss these issues further, please contact the headteacher by making an appointment at the school office or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org