ACT response to DFE Consultation: Relationship Education is more than personal
Last week ACT submitted a reponse to the DFE call for evidence on Relationship Education/RSE. Following disucssion with members of ACT Council who represent our wider members we highlighted a number of key points.
We also argued a well-planned programme of Relationship Education/RSE should be considered alongside Citizenship, a subject that already includes teaching on the themes of identity and multiple identities (social, political, global etc), community and diversity as well as knowledge of rights, justice, equalities and the law within our democratic society and how we relate to others in the wider world.
In addition Citizenship knowledge is deepened when pupils use and apply learning in contexts that develop social and political relationships such as during campaigning, democratic deliberation (citizen juries, school or public meetings) or decision making activities (student council/student parliaments), and this requires leadership, problem solving, teamwork, collaboration, negotiation, critical thinking, oracy and debate.
So it is important that schools are clear about:
When schools think about designing a curriculum that includes Relationship Education/RSE consideration should also be given to how pupils make progress in the subject from early years to post-16 and the age-appropriateness of content and topics addressed.