RSE Update: Summer Term 2022-2023

We are currently reviewing the curriculum model and programme of study for personal development/RSE and health education.

The new model will build upon previous good practice, will continue to respond to the needs of all pupils, will consider local and national issues and will be reflect the views of the school community (pupils, parents and teachers). 

Updates, including the new RSE and health education policy with be shared with parents on this page and via the Friday Bulletin; this will include any additional consultation periods as well as opportunities for parents to attend RSE and health education workshops.

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

To navigate our ever-changing world successfully and safely, pupils require the skills and knowledge necessary to flourish and succeed in their personal and academic lives both now and in the future. This is where PSHE is vital.

PSHE education equips students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic well-being.

A critical component of PSHE education is providing opportunities for students to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.

The PSHE curriculum is split into 3 main themes:

  • health and well-being
  • relationships (including sex education)
  • living in the wider world.

RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)

Relationships and Sex Education is compulsory for all pupils receiving secondary education.

The intent of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is to give students the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds. RSE enables them to know what a healthy relationship looks like and what makes a good friend, a good colleague and a successful committed relationship.

RSE includes what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in relationships to help students to understand the positive effects that good relationships can have on their mental wellbeing, identify when relationships are not right and understand how such situations can be managed.

RSE supports students in developing resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and where to access support. 

The five main topics covered in the RSE curriculum are:

  • Families.
  • Respectful relationships, including friendships.
  • Online and media.
  • Being safe.
  • Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health.​​​​

RSE Policy