PSHE and RSE (Relationships and Sex Education

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education is a subject which focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and attributes to keep children and young people healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work. PSHE education is defined by the schools inspectorate, Ofsted, as a planned programme to help children and young people develop fully as individuals and as members of families and social and economic communities.

As of September 2020, teaching of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and health education has become mandatory. This is something that we started teaching last year, in preparation, and have developed robust and wide-ranging curriculum for all school years.

The hope is that with an all embracing PSHE curriculum which is aimed at our students' needs, it will equip our young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthily, safely, productively and responsibly.

PSHE lessons are done in a supportive, non-confrontational and safe setting with students setting their own ground rules at the start of each topic. Lessons are a mixture of discussion; both teacher and student led, reflective paper, power point and internet research.

Relationships and Sex Education

In secondary education from September 2020:

  • Parents will not be able to withdraw their child from any aspect of Relationships Education or Health Education.

  • Parents will be able to withdraw their child (following discussion with the school) from any or all aspects of Sex Education, other than those which are part of the science curriculum, up to and until three terms before the age of 16.

  • After that point, the guidance states that ‘if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school should make arrangements to provide the child with sex education during one of those terms.’

  • Where pupils are withdrawn from sex education, we will ensure that the pupil receives appropriate, purposeful education during the period of withdrawal.