Relationships, Sex and Health Education


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.


  • To understand how to form and manage relationships
  • To appreciate what a healthy and unhealthy relationship looks like To learn about managing sexual relationships  To Learn about choices in relation to pregnancy
  • To have an appreciation and tolerance of others protected characteristics To be aware of how to identify and report abuse To be aware of how to stay safe in everyday life To be aware of how to stay healthy
  • To understand the factors that affect mental health

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RSHE at KS3 is mapped across the curriculum. Examples of this content incudes:

  • Online and media including internet safety and harms: Delivered in year 7 through the e-safety curriculum
  • Physical health and fitness including healthy eating: Delivered through PE, science and food technology.
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco: Delivered through the bespoke RE unit on addiction in year 9
  • Changing adolescent body: Delivered through the science curriculum at year 7.
  • Resilience and mental wellbeing: A bespoke programme ‘Pursuing individual excellence’ run with year 7 and 8 students in conjunction with year 7 students in local primary schools

In addition to this, relationships and health education is delivered via workshops in the spring term. These include: 

  • positive healthy relationships
  • changing adolescent bodies
  • different types of family
  • sex education (contraception and STI's)
  • Coercive relationships and consent
  • Staying safe



Many aspects of RSHE are delivered through the relationships unit in RE. These include:

  • Family including different roles and conflict
  • Relationships
  • Sexual health and relationships

Students in KS4 also follow the Personal Development curriculum over both years of KS4

Personal Development curriculum 

This consists of 3 modules:

  1. Careers Education
  2. Relationships Sex and Health Education  (RSHE)
  3. British Values

Curriculum Overviews and Important Documents