Sex and Relationship Education

Sex and Relationship Education

Rationale

Hyde High School defines sex and relationship education as the learning of physical and emotional development and the understanding of the importance of marriage or caring relationships. It is also about the teaching of sexual relationships including consent, contraception and risks (STI’s and teenage pregnancy). A wider understanding of exploitation and the risks associated with social media are also vital in developing young people to ensure they make wise and informed choices with regard to relationships and sex.

delivery

Delivery Strategy

Hyde High School has identified 3 areas for the delivery of sex and relationship education:

The curriculum

Topics such as the importance of family, moral development and caring relationships are all taught through RE. Students will explore and consider moral dilemmas and learn the value of respect, love and care. Students study the importance of and different types of family including nuclear and cohabitation. Specific links will be made to religious teachings and texts. The personal development curriculum at KS4 includes bespoke sex education lessons delivering topics on contraception, STI’s, pregnancy, abortion hate crime, sexual harassment, consent and the myriad laws surrounding these concepts. Students will consider issues of prejudice and discrimination with regard to people of different cultures, religions and sexual orientation.

All students in KS4 follow the Personal development curriculum which includes:

  • Careers
  • SRE
  • British Values
  • Students receive dedicated lessons on a range of SRE themes including:
  • Contraception
  • Hate crime
  • Sexual harassment
  • FGM
  • Consent
  • The Law

British Values is delivered through a bespoke qualification. These lessons are used to develop personal and social skills and to develop an appreciation of the consequences of choices made.

The national curriculum for science also covers many areas of sex education including fertilisation, hormones and the human productive system.

At KS4 students study sexual activity and behaviours, contraception methods and STI’s

E-safety is delivered through the ICT curriculum and includes the following SRE topics at year 7:

  • Consent
  • Sexual activity (sexting)
  • CSE and peer pressure
  • Evaluation sources of information

Extracurricular activities

The school and external agencies deliver a range of workshops (COVID permitting) and experiences at both key stages. These include:

  • Promoting equality and diversity, tackling bullying and discrimination and narrowing gaps in achievement between different groups of students.
  • E safety and how young people can stay safe and reduce risk.
  • Promoting how to keep young people safe from relevant risks that they are faced with
  • Healthy lifestyles, both emotionally and physically, including exercise and eating.
  • Personal development
  • CSE and peer pressure
  • Sexting and the law
  • Contraception and STI’s
  • The laws surrounding different issues such as marriage, abortion, consent and extremism/radicalisation

Mental Wellbeing 

Creating an environment and culture for the adoption of new behaviours requires strategic coordination of inputs, resources and stakeholders.

On drop down days students can access a programme which teaches them strategies for enhancing their learning, confidence, motivation, resilience, goal setting, studying, revision, exam preparation and stress management. (COVID permitting)

Students in the school are taught how to take responsibility for themselves and others and the consequences of their action. Students develop an appreciation of right and wrong and to challenge prejudice. The school has a support/pastoral network in place with access to outside agencies including the school nurse and other health professionals. This network provides daily support on many issues our students face including sex and relationship problems. Daily assemblies cover a wide range of social issues including e-safety and tolerance. 

Parental Consent

All parents and carers are informed about the sex education programme and are given the opportunity to opt their child out. Please click on the relevant letter below for more information.