RSHE at Carew Academy will prepare children and young people for life in Modern Britain, so they are responsible, respectful and active members of their community and society developing their cultural capital. They understand the importance of healthy relationships amongst families, friends and romantic relationships.

Through effective RSHE, individuals are able to effectively transition from childhood into adolescence, and again into adulthood whilst being able to look after their physical, mental and emotional health. Where appropriate, further into their life, individuals will be prepared for the World of Work.


Through our RSHE programme we aim to:

  • Enable children and young people to know what a healthy relationship looks like and what makes a good friend, a good colleague, a successful marriage, or other types of committed relationships.
  • Give children and young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds. Young people are equipped to make safe, informed and healthy choices as they progress through adult life.
  • Teach children and young people what is appropriate and inappropriate behaviour in relationships so they will be able to recognise when relationships are unhealthy or how to handle them. This will also help them realise the positive impacts that healthy relationships have on their mental wellbeing.
  • Support the mental health and welfare of everyone in the school community so we can learn effectively for the rest of our lives, build and maintain healthy relationships among ourselves, and promote the mental and emotional health of others as well as ourselves. Alongside this, young people can mature, build their confidence and self-esteem.
  • Teach young people to respect themselves and others regardless of age, colour, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender; to practise equality and inclusiveness.


RSHE will be:

  • Delivered in a non-judgemental, factual way allowing scope for young people to ask questions in a safe environment. Ground rules within the class will be used to help manage sensitive discussion and using question boxes allow Students to raise issues anonymously.
  • Inclusive of all Students and families. Parents/carers are able to withdraw their child from any or all aspects of Sex Education, other than those which are part of the science curriculum up to and until three terms before the age of 16.
  • Assessed using bespoke RSHE assessment criteria document linked to DfE’s RSHE statutory guidance documentation for learning throughout the key stages. Classroom Monitor will be used where appropriate to track learning, and to identify areas for development in individuals. Students are encouraged to engage in entry level (baseline) quizzes, exit quizzes, mind maps, or self-evaluations to capture progress.
  • Suitable for the class so resources are age and ability appropriate. Resources and videos are suggested and accredited by PSHE Association. Additionally, Discovery Education’s Health and Relationships package will be used.
  • Delivered by teachers who have access to DfE training modules for each topic within RSHE, ensuring safe and effective teaching of the topic content.
  • Accredited using The Prince’s Trust Achieve Award in Personal Development and Employability Skills. This helps to prepare our Students for the world of work, and develop their cultural capital. Units available at Entry Level 3 and above including: Digital Skills, Managing Money, Wellbeing, Career Planning and Sustainability.
  • Supportive of safeguarding practices so Students learn the knowledge they need to recognise and report abuse, including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. This can be delivered by focusing on boundaries and privacy ensuring children and young people understand that they have rights over their own bodies. It will also include understanding boundaries in friendships with peers, as well as in families and with others, in all contexts, including online. Students will be taught how to report concerns and seek advice when they suspect, or know that something is wrong. Students will also understand about making sensible decisions to stay safe (and within the law) online and offline.
  • Offer reactive teaching of RSHE if required for individuals as part of the safeguarding offer. This will be discussed and agreed with the safeguarding team and recorded on Safeguard, our reporting system for safeguarding.
  • Linked to the Equals Curriculum so Students on the Skills for Life pathway will follow the curriculum overview, and to include some key life skills and preparation for adulthood skills.


RHSE will ensure that:

  • Students develop a good understanding of relationships, friendships and how to communicate effectively with others.
  • Students take on responsibilities as they develop their cultural capital.
  • Students explore topics in depth. They learn about different beliefs and cultures and the importance of respecting differences.
  • Students will be informed about a full range of perspectives and, within the law, will be well equipped to make decisions for themselves about how to live their own lives, whilst respecting the right of others to make their own decisions and hold their own beliefs.
  • Students are keeping themselves and others safe online. They recognise risks, harmful content and contact, and how and to whom to report issues.
  • There is positive wellbeing and mental health for the school community including all Students and staff, so they can learn successfully for life, as well as develop and maintain positive relationships.


Upper school and sixth form students will complete The Prince’s Trust Entry level 1 through to level 3 Awards in Personal Development & Employability Skills

Click here for the Curriculum Plan