Subject Leader – Mr R Mckinlay



RSHE is a timetabled session every week during two tutor times, with the year divided into key areas of study including health education; relationships; careers education; citizenship whilst encompassing British Values.

An annual plan of significant dates in the religious and cultural calendar ensures that there is a focus, through assemblies and RSHE lessons on important cultural and religious festivals and commemorative days.

The development of social and communication skills is also a key part of the RSHE/SMSC curriculum.

RSHE is also delivered through some culture lesson; which provide students with more detail in some of the more challenging RSHE/PSHE areas and topics.

Sex and Relationships Education

Sex and Relationships Education is taught in RSHE and Science lessons at a level appropriate to the level of understanding of the young people.

We liaise closely with partner organisations such as the local Health Care Trust for specialist individual input and support.

The aim of RSHE is to help children build healthy friendships and positive relationships in an age appropriate way. The overall objectives of the RSHE curriculum are concerned about raising awareness of attitudes and values, developing personal and social skills and promoting knowledge and understanding. RSHE covers more than biological facts and information. It endeavours to help children develop self-esteem, self-responsibility as well as the acquisition of understanding and attitudes which prepare children to develop caring, stable, healthy relationships. Appreciation of the value of self-respect, dignity, marriage, civil partnership and parental duty should be encouraged in all pupils together with the sensitivity to the needs of others, loyalty and acceptance of responsibility. RHSE will look at aspects of diversity in an inclusive and non-judgemental way.

Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from part or all, of the sex education delivered as part of statutory RSHE. Any such request should be submitted to the Headteacher. The Head teacher can then discuss the request with parents and, as appropriate the child, to ensure that their wishes are understood and to discuss with parents the benefits of receiving this important education and any detrimental effects that withdrawal might have on a child. Only in exceptional circumstances will the school not respect the parents’ request to withdraw the child, up to and until three terms before the child turns 16. At that point, if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school should plan to provide the child with sex education during one of those terms.

Curriculum Area Key Information Document PSHE September 2021