Relationships, Sex and Health Education are compulsory elements of the curriculum in maintained schools. The aim is that teaching will build on the knowledge acquired at primary school and develop further pupils’ understanding of health, with an increased focus on risk areas such as drugs and alcohol, as well as introducing knowledge about intimate relationships and sex at age-appropriate points.
Teaching about mental wellbeing is central to these subjects, especially as a priority for parents is their children’s happiness. We know that children and young people are increasingly experiencing challenges, and that young people are at particular risk of feeling lonely. The subject content will give them the knowledge and capability to take care of themselves and to access support if problems arise.
All of this content will support the wider work of our school in helping to foster pupil wellbeing and develop resilience and character, which we know are fundamental to pupils being happy, successful and productive members of society. Central to this is pupils’ ability to believe that they can achieve goals, both academic and personal; to stick to tasks that will help them achieve those goals, even when the reward may be distant or uncertain; and to recover from knocks and challenging periods in their lives.
This should be complemented by development of personal attributes including kindness, integrity, generosity, and honesty.
Other themes are delivered across the curriculum and include but are not exclusive to: