The RSE curriculum is designed to ensure that our students learn the knowledge and are taught the life skills they will need to stay safe and to develop healthy and supportive adult relationships; learning particularly how to deal with the challenges of growing up in an online world. RSE is lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about understanding the importance of relationships for successful family life, recognising stable and loving relationships in all their forms and promoting respect, love and care.
It is also concerned with the teaching of sex, sexuality, and sexual health as part of a loving and trusting relationship: creating a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships. It is not, however, about the promotion of sexual orientation or sexual activity. The curriculum prepares pupils for puberty and gives them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene. It teaches students the correct vocabulary to use to describe themselves, their bodies and their relationships.
Statutory Guidance from the Department for Education Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education states that pupils will receive the following content:
By the end of primary school pupils will have covered:
- Families and people who care for me
- Caring friendships
- Respectful relationships
- Online Relationships
- Being Safe
By the end of secondary school:
Schools should continue to develop knowledge on topics specified for primary as required and in addition cover the following content by the end of secondary:
- Respectful relationships, including friendships
- Online and Media
- Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health
RSE is included in the PSHE curriculum which is delivered across all key stages and also includes Health Education topics such as:
- Mental wellbeing
- Internet safety and harm
- Physical health and fitness
- Healthy eating
- Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
- Health and prevention
- Basic First Aid
- Changing adolescent body
Curriculum Overview – An overview of which topics are taught across different key stages, and when, can be found within Raedwald Trust Site level curriculum documents accessed here or as discussed at your child’s school induction prior to starting placement.
The full Raedwald Trust Relationship & Sex Education Policy can be found here.