We understand the importance of educating pupils about sex, relationships and their health and the need for them to be able to make responsible and well-informed decisions and choices in their lives. We have an obligation to provide pupils with high-quality, evidence and age-appropriate teaching of these subjects. The RSE and/ PSHE curriculum will be delivered in a non-judgemental, age-appropriate, factual, and inclusive way that allows pupils to ask questions in a safe environment. Teachers will ensure that pupils’ views are listened to and will encourage them to ask questions and engage in discussion. Teachers will answer questions sensitively and honestly.
All teaching and resources are quality assured by the RSE Lead to ensure they are appropriate for the age and maturity of pupils, are sensitive to their religious backgrounds and meet the needs of our SEND pupils. Teachers will ensure lesson content focuses on challenging perceived views of pupils based on protected characteristics, through exploration of, and developing mutual respect for, those different to themselves. The RSE and PSHE curriculum will integrate LGBTQ+ content and this will be further explored through the introduction of our School Diversity Council.
Our intent is centred around the PSHE Programmes of study within three Core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the wider world. Over the course of the academic year, training will be provided by the RSE Lead and external visitors to relevant members of staff, to ensure they are up to date with the RSE and PSHE curriculum and feel confident with knowledge and in its delivery.
‘The statutory guidance is comprehensively covered by learning opportunities across all three core themes’.
By the end of Secondary School, it is expected that the content below has been delivered
|Relationships||Physical health and wellbeing|
|marriage • consent, including the age of consent • violence against women and girls • online behaviours including image and information sharing (including youth-produced sexual imagery, nudes and semi-nudes etc.) • pornography • abortion • sexuality • gender identity • substance misuse • violence and exploitation by gangs • extremism/radicalisation • criminal exploitation (for example, through gang involvement or ‘county lines’ drugs operations) • hate crime • female genital mutilation (FGM)|
- Parents have the right to request that their child is withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory RSE
- Parents do not have a right to withdraw their child from the relationships or health elements of the programmes
- Requests to withdraw a child from sex education will be made in writing to the headteacher.
The majority of the RSE and health education curriculum will be delivered through our RSE and PSHE curriculum time. However, time is also dedicated each week within form time. Through effective sequencing and organisation to ensure that delivery content is studied and acquired in depth, enabling all pupils to establish connections within relationships, to our community and the wider world that we live in. The RSE and PSHE curriculum complement several national curriculum subjects. Where appropriate, the school has cross referenced and mapped out curriculums to seek opportunities to make links between the subjects and integrate teaching.
The school has the same high expectations of the quality of pupils’ work in RSE as for other curriculum areas. Lessons are planned to provide suitable challenge to pupils of all abilities. Assessments will be introduced and used to identify where pupils need extra support or intervention. There will be no formal examinations for RSE; however, to assess pupil outcomes, the school will capture progress in the following ways:
- Self-evaluations and reflections
- Class Discussions
- Contribution/ Engagement in lessons
- Retrieval/ Recall Tasks