The purpose of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is to provide knowledge and understanding of how the human body changes during puberty and the processes of human reproduction, within the context of relationships based on love and respect. It should develop understanding and attitudes which will help students to form relationships in a responsible and healthy manner and to appreciate the value of stable family life, including the responsibilities of parenthood and marriage.
The key aims of RSE are to:
- Provide accurate and relevant information about physical and emotional changes that children and young people will experience through their formative years into adulthood.
- Establish an awareness of the importance of stable family life and relationships, including responsibilities of parenthood and marriage.
- Foster self-awareness and self-esteem.
- Develop a sense of responsibility and respect for themselves and others.
Middle School and Upper School RSE sessions will include watching video clips from the RSE programme of study and input from the class teacher. All teaching materials are appropriate to the age and emotional maturity of students concerned and the teachers will aim to present the programme in an objective, balanced and sensible manner.
The programme will cover:
- Love, marriage and relationships, including LGBT
- Safer internet use
- Puberty and Menstruation
- Personal hygiene
Across the Lower School, students receive two PSHE lessons a week. One session follows a scheme of work based upon Jigsaw. Jigsaw PSHE brings together Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a lesson-a-week program. The second session provides class teachers with an opportunity to focus on one of three areas:
– development of personal care skills including, dressing, handwashing/showering and dental hygiene
– specific circle times to focus on class issues
– to cover one of the Lower School RSE units.
It is now widely recognised that RSE is a vital tool to help young people develop healthy, positive friendships / relationships both at school and later in their adult lives. We share this view and have included two RSE sessions in the Enrichment offer: Girls Group and Boys Group. Class teachers will identify students who they feel would benefit from additional support in a particular area. These students will be grouped from across the Lower School. This ensures that students are receiving RSE at a level appropriate to them within a peer group they can relate to. The Lower School RSE units include, but are not limited to:
– My body, my business
– Friends, acquaintances and people I know
The overarching emphasis in these lessons will be supporting students to deepen their understanding of how to keep themselves safe, develop more meaningful friendships with each other and learn how to identify risky situations and how best to react to them.