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Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSE)

From September 2020, all secondary age children will be taught relationships & sex education (RSE) and health education. The Department for Education has published the final guidelines covering the content of these subjects. Many parents will want to know more about these subjects, so the following straightforward guide has been developed that you can use to understand more about the changes CLICK HERE to view a copy.


The Department for Education’s statutory Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education guidance sets out in detail what schools must cover. Our curriculum is a comprehensive programme that integrates, but is not limited to, this statutory content.


The aim of RSE specific content is to give young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships. It should enable them to know what a healthy relationship looks like and what makes a good friend, a good colleague and a successful marriage or other type of committed relationship. It should also cover contraception, developing intimate relationships and resisting pressure to have sex (and not applying pressure). It should teach what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in relationships. This will help pupils understand the positive effects that good relationships have on their mental wellbeing, identify when relationships are not right and understand how such situations can be managed. Relationships, sex and health education: guides for parents


Health Education aims to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise. By the end of secondary school, pupils will have been taught content on 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. You can find further details by searching ‘relationships, sex and health education’ on GOV.UK.


Our RSHE teaching builds on the knowledge acquired at primary and develop further pupils’ understanding of health, with an increased focus on risk areas such as drugs and alcohol, as well as introducing knowledge about intimate relationships and sex. An understanding for all pupils of healthy relationships, acceptable behaviour, and the right of everyone to equal treatment will help ensure that pupils treat each other well and go on to be respectful and kind adults.


We believe that teaching about mental wellbeing is central to develop safe, fulfilling, and healthy sexual relationships understand human sexuality and to respect themselves and others. It enables young people to mature, build their confidence and self-esteem and understand the reasons for delaying sexual activity.


Developing knowledge about safer sex and sexual health remains important to ensure that young people are equipped to make safe, informed, and healthy choices as they progress through adult life. The applicable law is taught in a factual way so that pupils are clear on their rights and responsibilities as citizens.