Key Stage 4: Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)
The aim of Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) is to provide young people with the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships. The curriculum enables them to know what a healthy relationship looks like and what makes a good friend and a good colleague.
Pupils will be well informed about the full range of perspectives and, within the law, should be well equipped to make decisions for themselves about how to live their own lives, whilst respecting the right of others to make their own decisions and hold their own beliefs. The students will be taught what the law says about sex, relationships and young people in addition to safeguarding issues.
In Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) the students will be taught about the following issues:
- Respectful relationships, including friendships
- Online and media
- Being safe
- Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health
In physical health and mental wellbeing lessons, the students will study the following topics:
- Mental wellbeing
- Internet safety and harms
- Physical health and fitness
- Healthy eating
- Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
- Health and prevention
- Basic first aid
- Changing adolescent body
The students will be taught about physical health and mental wellbeing and internet safety. They will learn about the rules and the principles for keeping safe online, including how to recognise risks, harmful content and contact and how and to whom to report issues. The students will have a strong understanding of how data is generated, collected, shared and used online, for example, how personal data is captured on social media. They will also understand the way that businesses may use data. The students will also learn how to lead an active lifestyle and how to keep physically and mentally healthy. They will develop an age-appropriate understanding of healthy relationships. Throughout key stage 4, the students will also engage with views, beliefs and opinions that are different from their own in considered ways. Furthermore, they will learn about the protected characteristics as defined in law and will understand that no forms of discrimination are tolerated.
As a department, we recognise that RSHE has a significant part to play in preparing children and young people to deal effectively with the pressures and challenges that growing up in the 21st century presents in our own community and in the UK. The delivery of the content will be age appropriate and will build upon the knowledge and the skills developed in previous units and in previous academic years.