RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education) is taught by Miss Bastock and Miss Turner as a spiral curriculum across all stages, meaning that students can build on previous knowledge and skills each year. We have already adopted the government’s statutory framework for this subject, which all schools will have to follow by 2020.
With an emphasis on life skills, students learn about three key areas - relationships, sex, and health. The curriculum also includes religious education. Topics within this subject include bullying, puberty and growing up, healthy relationships and sex education, e-safety, drugs and alcohol, human rights, diversity, democracy, physical and mental wellbeing and financial responsibility. Trips include an annual ‘Safety in Action’ event at Newhaven Fort, run by East Sussex Fire Service, and ‘Keep Out’ events at Lewes Prison.
Some students will progress to study for a GCSE in Citizenship studies, which follows on from RSHE, with more of a focus on political participation, the UK’s role within international organisations, identity and active citizenship.
We also come together as a school to participate in termly RSHE days, whereby students follow a different timetable in order to hear from external speakers, take part in workshops and learn about RSHE in an active way. So far we have had visitors from Healthy Schools, the police, fire service, Terrance Higgins Trust, Tackle Africa and Sexplain.