Relationships and Sexual Education RSE
Young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks.
It is our responsibility to make sure students know how to be safe, and how to manage their academic and personal lives in a positive way, now and in the future.
The RSHE (relationships, sex, and health education) curriculum we deliver is factual, non-judgemental and age appropriate. It gives young people the knowledge they need to help develop healthy relationships of all kinds and teaches what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in those relationships.
It is delivered via ATM Plans including Assembly, RS, Science, English and our Curriculum Enrichment Days (CED)
Curriculum Intent 2021/2022
We teach what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in relationships to enable them to know what a healthy relationship looks like and what makes a good partner, a good friend, a good colleague. Trust, stereotypes, bullying, safety, illegal behaviour in relationships and where to find help is also explained.
Our RSHE plan facilitates discussions about families, what makes a successful marriage, and other type of committed relationships, parenting and their associated laws.
It also educates about the protected characteristics in the Equality Act.
We cover contraception, developing intimate relationships and resisting pressure to have sex (and not applying pressure).
This type of education helps students understand the positive effects that good relationships have on their mental well-being, identify when relationships are not right and understand how such situations can be managed.
Effective RSE does not encourage early sexual experimentation
Harmful Sexual Behaviour & Consent
The School of Sexuality Education provide age-appropriate workshops on consent, sexual health, porn, and positive relationships. Their approach is rights-based, sex-positive, non-binary and trauma-informed.
They support young people to ensure everyone has access to a complete, inclusive, and comprehensive sex and relationships education. The workshop incorporates understanding the connection between communication, personal boundaries. They discuss touching, using specific words when it comes to sex, and consent, defining consent both legally and ethically, both online and offline and concepts of ongoing, informed, enthusiastic consent. They define cues students can look out for to know whether or not someone is consenting and apply consent to scenarios: spotting positive versus problematic behaviours. Finally, they publicise a range of support services.