Relationships and Sex Education
What is RSE? - Relationship and sex education is learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. Some aspects are taught in science, and others are taught as part of personal, social, health, citizenship and economic education (PSHE) or in form time 'Personal Development' sessions.
A comprehensive programme of RSE provides accurate information about the body, reproduction, sex, and sexual health. It also gives children and young people essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful and non-exploitative relationships and staying safe both on and offline.
It should equip children and young people with the information, skills and values to have safe, fulfilling and enjoyable relationships and to take responsibility for their sexual health and well-being (adapted from Sex Education Forum, 2021).
Statutory requirements - Health, relationships and sex education are statutory requirements for all state-funded secondary schools, including academies and free schools. DofE Guidance
The Department for Education (DfE) has made Relationships, Health and Sex Education statutory from September 2020.
Please click this link to read a letter with more information from the Head of Citizenship on this topic.
RSE at KS3 and KS4 - As part of our Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum, students are taught about the importance of healthy relationships. The curriculum at Gable Hall is designed to deliver the knowledge needed for positive and safe relationships of all kinds. Students are informed about how to keep themselves safe and healthy and have good relationships with others. Our programmes of study builds on essential knowledge covering different types of relationships and how to recognise healthy and unhealthy relationships of all kinds. In addition, the curriculum covers how relationships can affect health and wellbeing. This aspect is further developed by taking safety online into account. Factual knowledge about sex, sexual health and sexuality are taught within the context of relationships. At Gable Hall we give students the knowledge to be well prepared for changes in adolescence and for safe, healthy relationships. Students are taught about choices over aspects such as contraception and pregnancy. We explore gender sensitively and at an age-appropriate level. Our choice of vocabulary is subject specific and student misconceptions challenged. We allow opportunities for students to discuss sensitive issues.
The Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum is a statutory requirement. There are parts of this curriculum that cross over with the PSHE curriculum. The aim of this curriculum is to give young people the information they need to help them navigate all types of relationships, human sexuality and both mental and physical well-being.
The RSE lessons do not encourage early sexual experimentation but teach young people to understand human sexuality and to respect themselves and others. It aims to enable young people to mature, build their confidence and self-esteem and understand the reasons for delaying sexual activity. We want to build lessons that will support our young people throughout their lives, to develop safe, fulfilling and healthy sexual relationships, at the appropriate time. Click here for more information
Overview of the lessons - It is always important for PSHE education lessons to be pacy, but it is equally important to meet the students’ needs. More may be gained from spending longer on exploring in-depth an activity that has fired up discussion and imagination, so long as a teacher is comfortable leading the discussion and feels the students are progressing towards the lesson objectives.
This document outlines the times of the year when RSE takes place, for each year group. RSE is delivered within the PSHE / WTTP curriculum and covers a wide range of topics that are important in the current landscape - Click Here
RSE Gable Hall Teacher Guidance Learning objective(s) | Learning outcomes | PoS references
Term 1 - Lesson Planning
- Lesson 1 Puberty
- Lesson 2 Menstrual Wellbeing
- Lesson 3 Healthy Relationships
- Lesson 4 Managing Conflict
- Lesson 5 Introduction to Consent
Term 2 - Lesson Planning
- Lesson 1 Relationship Values
- Lesson 2 Influences on Relationship Expectations
- Lesson 3 Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
- Lesson 4 Consent – Avoiding Assumptions
- Lesson 5 Introduction to Contraception
Term 3 - Lesson Planning
- Lesson 1 Respectful Relationship Behaviours
- Lesson 2 Capacity to Consent
- Lesson 3 Sexual Health
- Lesson 4 Contraception
- Lesson 5 Managing the Ending of Relationships
Term 4 - Lesson Planning
- Lesson 1 Role of Intimacy and Pleasure
- Lesson 2 The Impact of Pornography
- Lesson 3 Pressure, Persuasion and Coercion
- Lesson 4 Managing Conflict in Relationships
- Lesson 5 Addressing Relationship Abuse
Term 5 - Lesson Planning
- Lesson 1 Family conflict
- Lesson 2 Long-term commitments
- Lesson 3 Fertility and Routes to Parenthood
- Lesson 4 Pregnancy Outcomes
- Lesson 5 Pregnancy Choices: Abortion
Our RSE Curriculum at KS3 and KS4
All of the compulsory subject content is planned and delivered at an age- appropriate and developmentally appropriate.
Subjects and topics are taught sensitively and inclusively, with respect to the backgrounds and beliefs of pupils and parents, while always with the aim of providing pupils with the knowledge they need of the law.
We are determined that the Citizenship / PSHE must be deliverable and allow us the flexibility to shape our curriculum according to the needs of their pupils and communities.”
We are developed to support all young people to be happy, healthy and safe
We are equipping children and young people with skills and attributes they need in adult life to make a positive contribution to society
We help children from all backgrounds build positive and safe relationships, and to thrive in modern Britain
We take into account the various different forms family life can take, and schools with a religious character have the flexibility to build on the core content by reflecting their beliefs in their teaching.
Our learning journey is mapped out which includes our Wellbeing Tutor Time sessions, assemblies and themes for the week from Year 7 to Year 13