The RSHE curriculum is designed to reflect many of the concerns young people have as they progress through secondary school. For example, year 7 students will study a unit that combats the fears and anxieties they may experience through transition from year 6 to year 7 – from organising themselves to managing friendships. In year 8 students analyse their own mental and physical health by looking at their own diet, their exercise habits and their ability to deal with stressful situations. A variety of teaching and learning strategies are used that encourage participation and provide opportunities for students to develop critical thinking and relationship skills. In addition to this, students are offered school-based drop-in sessions which also provide clear access to information about advice services.
RSHE has three strands: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World
Every child will be taught the RSHE curriculum which is evidence-based and age-appropriate and designed to help prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult-life. RSHE addresses aspects of relationships and sex education alongside faith perspectives, equality law and advice from Public Health England which gives lessons a constructive context and perspective that helps give students a clear understanding of the wider social, moral and cultural implications of decisions they may make.
Under provision of the Equality Act teaching staff will not unlawfully discriminate against students because of their age, sex, race, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity or sexual orientation. Staff are alive to issues such as everyday sexism, misogyny, homophobia and gender stereotypes and take positive action to build a culture where these are not tolerated, and any occurrences are identified and tackled.
Where there is a need, content will be tailored to the specific needs of students at various developmental stages. Teaching is sensitive, age-appropriate, and developmentally appropriate and delivered not only with reference to the law but also in an inclusive and sex positive way which offers time for discussion where misconceptions arise.
If you do not want your child to take part in some of these lessons you can ask that they are withdrawn. The Head Teacher will consider this request and discuss it with you, and will grant this in all but exceptional circumstances, up until three school terms before your child turns 16. At this age, your child can choose to receive sex education if they would like to, and the school will arrange for your child to receive this teaching in one of those three terms.
However, you cannot withdraw your child from Health or the Relationships Education element of RSHE because it is important that all children receive this content.
From September 2020, schools in England will be teaching the new statutory curriculum and there is a requirement for parental consultation.
Click here to find out more about our RSE Policy and parental consultation process.