At Humberston Park School, Relationships and Sex Education [RSE] sits within our wider Personal Development curriculum.  Personal, Social, Health and Economic [PSHE] education is embedded within our broad and balanced, needs-led curriculum.

Relationships, Health and Relationships and Sex Education [RSHE] are taught within PSHE and aim to maximise pupils’ ability to recognise and respond to all forms of abusive behaviour, promote their independence and levels of autonomy and enable each individual to take an active and positive role in their social environment including the wider community.

We believe that Relationships and Sex Education [RSE] alongside Personal Social Health and Economic [PSHE] education, Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural [SMSC] education and the promotion of Fundamental British Values [FBV] enables our students to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to build healthy relationships, stay safe and become healthy successful adults in modern Britain.

Relationships Sex and Health Education [RSHE] is vital for the personal, social and emotional development of our students.  It equips children and young people with the information, skills and values they need to have safe, respectful and enjoyable relationships and empowers them to take responsibility for their own wellbeing.

Humberston Park School believes that all children and young people have a right to holistic, inclusive and needs-led RSE.  We believe that through providing high-quality, needs-led RSE, we are upholding the ethos and values of our School and its commitment to protected characteristics, independence, inclusivity, enjoyment and personal development.

Intent

In line with Humberston Park School’s purpose and values, the Relationships and Sex Education [RSE] curriculum aims to provide high-quality, needs-led and meaningful education to promote independence, inclusivity and enjoyment to prepare pupils for adult life.

The aims of Relationships and Sex Education [RSE] at our school are to:

  • Provide a framework and safe environment in which sensitive discussions can take place
  • Prepare students for puberty, and give them an understanding of changes to the adolescent body and the importance of health and hygiene
  • Help students develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
  • Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships
  • Teach students the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies
  • Teach students how to stay safe and report any concerns
  • Teach students how to build healthy relationships and identify unhealthy relationships
  • To equip each of our students with the necessary tools, skills and knowledge to become successful healthy adults

At Humberston Park School we are very aware that pupils with special educational needs and disabilities [SEND] are more at risk of all forms of abuse due to their vulnerabilities. Therefore, we aim to increase their ability to recognise and respond to abusive behaviour, empowering them to create safe, respectful and enjoyable relationships with others.

Implementation & Delivery

Personal Social Health and Economic [PSHE] education is embedded throughout the School-day and wider curriculum.  Relationships and Health education lessons are allocated two [45 minutes] timetabled sessions a week and are implemented using a spiral curriculum approach based on the PSHE Association Scheme of Work.

PSHE is highly-valued within Humberston Park School and is identified as one of our four core subjects.  It is fundamental to the successful development of each individual and is worked upon at every given opportunity.  PSHE is promoted throughout all aspects of an individual’s day, where pupils are encouraged to develop essential independence and life skills.

We follow yearly curriculum maps for Relationships and Health education; content is personalised to each individual’s needs and abilities.

Curriculum Maps for:

Sex education including: menstruation, masturbation and erections, sexual intercourse, sexual health and contraception is not automatically taught to all pupils across the School.  These topics are taught on a 1:1 basis, following a personalised learning approach to meet the needs and cognitive understanding of each individual following discussions with parents/carers.  Personalised teaching packages are implemented to suit the needs of the individual which may include support from outside agencies.

Biological aspects of RSE including puberty, are delivered to all pupils and are also taught within the science curriculum, and other aspects of personal development including protected characteristics, character development, fundamental British Values, citizenship and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development which are also included in religious education [RE].

Relationships Sex and Health Education [RSHE]…What we deliver

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Resources

Parent / carers can view curriculum content and resources for Relationships Sex and Health Education (RSHE) on request via the School Office