How to Effect Positive Change in Schools
In September 2020, Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) will be changing in English schools. Whilst Relationship Education (RE) will become statutory in primary schools, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) will be statutory in secondary schools. The right to withdraw, which is currently unrestricted, will not apply to RE, meaning a school has to teach and your child has to attend the classes. However, whilst you will be able to request approval from the head teacher to withdraw from the ‘Sex Education’ part of RSE, you will not be able to withdraw from the ‘Relationship Education’ part. This restricted right to withdraw only lasts until your child turns 15, and then the right to decide transfers to your child.
Given these changes and the types of resources taught in schools, parents need to engage with their children’s schools whilst they are planning these subjects.
The presentations go through:
- The changes to SRE
- What the government’s guidance states about the need to involve parents in planning these subjects
- How to influence and create positive change
- What questions to ask and who to ask them to
- How to maximise the potential for positive change
- The practical steps to effect positive changes in schools
It is in no one’s interest for conflict to engulf our children’s schools, and therefore, we ask parents to take the first steps to offer their time to help shape what is taught. We also expect schools to positively reciprocate.
These short presentations will equip parents with the tools needed to work in partnership with schools and create a positive change.
Introduction: Making Effective Change
Part 1: Understanding the changes to SRE
Part 2: The Scope for Change
Part 3: How to Approach Schools
Part 4: Questions to ask the Head Teacher
Part 5: Some things to consider
Part 6: First Steps in Creating Change in Schools
Yusuf Patel is the founder of SREIslamic, which provides advice, support and training to parents concerned with how Sex and Relationship Education (SRE/RHE/RSHE) is taught in schools, particularly at the primary level. SREIslamic has conducted hundreds of seminars across the country since it was founded in 2008 in order to inform Muslim parents of their legal rights in the area of SRE (RHE/RSHE) as well as running workshops covering the responsibility of Muslim parents to impart age appropriate sex education in line with their values. Yusuf works for a mental health charity.