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PSHE

Dear parents, carers,

Under the Children and Social Work Act 2017 the government committed to making Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) statutory in all secondary schools, including local authority maintained schools, academies, free schools and independent schools. As of September 2020 , the Department for Education have made it statutory to teach Relationships Education (Primary) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE - Secondary).

There have been many calls for statutory RSE and/or PSHE from leading parent representative bodies such as Mumsnet and PTA UK. A recent YouGov poll shows that 91% of parents believe all pupils should receive PSHE lessons to teach about the risks of sexting, as well as other issues such as contact from strangers online. A recent Barnardo’s poll of 11-15 year olds also showed that 74% believed that children would be safer if they had age appropriate classes on RSE.

During the Summer term, your child’s class will be taking part in lessons which will focus on RSE. The learning will be age-appropriate, building knowledge and life skills over time in a way that prepares pupils for issues they will soon face. They will focus on:

 

  1. Different types of relationships, including friendships, family relationships, dealing with strangers and intimate relationships;
  2. How to recognise, understand and build healthy relationships, including self-respect and respect for others, commitment, tolerance, boundaries and consent, and how to manage conflict, and also how to recognise unhealthy relationships;
  3. How relationships may affect health and wellbeing, including mental health;
  4. Cyber safety and pornography
  5. Personal hygiene and puberty
  6. Developing self esteem and confidence.
  7. Factual knowledge, at secondary school, around sex, sexual health and sexuality, set firmly within the context of relationships.

 

The students will be learning from a variety of sources. From time to time, they will watch online videos from reputable sources (BBC, PSHE Association, NSPCC).

 

Below is an example on the dangers of ‘sexting’.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/rse-ks4-teaching-sexting-awareness/zjbkf4j

May I encourage you to explore the site and consider the material for yourself.

PSHE education is taught throughout the school in every year group and is monitored regularly by the staff and governing body. Please visit the schools website for more detail about our PSHE curriculum. All PSHE teaching takes place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our school ethos and values.

We are committed to retain parents’ right to withdraw their child from sex education within RSE (other than sex education in the National Curriculum as part of science). This is because, if they wish, parents should have the right to teach this themselves in a way which is consistent with their values.

We as a school are committed to providing an excellent and relevant PSHE curriculum. It is essential our students are able to stay safe and prepare for life in modern Britain. I sincerely hope to have your support as we move directly into these important areas.

Yours Sincerely

 

Chris Dennemont

PSHE Co-Ordinator

 

 

 

 

 

RSE-Summer term 2021

 

The tables below summarise the learning opportunities covered in RSE. A number of learning opportunities are revisited throughout the model over successive years. This is intentional as it is important to revisit knowledge and attribute development at age appropriate stages. It is known as a spiral curriculum as we keep coming round and round to the same subject material, each year adding depth and breadth to the learning.

Year 7

Week

Topic

1

Families- Positive and healthy relationships

2

Friendships-positive and healthy relationships

3

Boundaries- Legal rights and responsibilities

4

How to manage conflict and unhealthy relationships.

5

Online relationships- Cyber Safety-Pornography and cyber bullying

6

Health and prevention- Puberty Personal Hygiene

7

Puberty-Changes. How a baby is made

 

Year 8

Week

Topic

1

Families- Positive and healthy relationships

2

Friendships-positive and healthy relationships

3

Boundaries- How to manage conflict and unhealthy relationships.

4

Online relationships-Cyber Safety-Pornography and cyber bullying

5

Puberty-Change and becoming independent

6

Health and prevention-Managing mental health

7

Health and prevention- Puberty Personal Hygiene

 

Year 9

Week

Topic

1

Families- healthy and unhealthy relationships

2

Friendships-healthy and unhealthy relationships

3

Relationships- Boundaries in a healthy and unhealthy relationship

4

Sex-intimate relationships. Consent - Contraception and STI’s

5

Online relationships-Pornography

6

Pornography-the effects.

7

Puberty-Change, personal hygiene and becoming independent

 

 

 

KS4

Week

Topic

1

Legal and Ethical responsibilities in families

2

Boundaries in a healthy and unhealthy relationship

3

Managing a relationship breakdown. Mental Health

4

Sex-intimate relationships. Consent - Contraception and STI’s

5

Stereotypes-Gender and Identity

6

Pornography-the effects.

7

Pregnancy. Choices and support

 

 

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