Aims and Ethos
At SKA we believe that providing our students with high quality Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) is vitally important for our students. Through our RSHE curriculum we aim to:
- Provide students with what they need to know to be safe, healthy and manage their lives, academic, personal and social as well as off and online.
- Enable students to be independent and to take care of themselves, as well as empower them to know where to receive support if problems arise.
- Build young people who are resilient, happy, successful, productive, kind, generous and honest.
- Support student wellbeing by providing them with mechanisms to cope during stressful periods and support them in developing their ability to learn and avoid distractions.
- Support our IB goal of supporting students to be globally minded, risk-takers and being balanced in their thinking.
- Support parents and carers as the prime educators in many of these topics by supplementing the conversations taking place at home with high-quality provision within the RSHE curriculum.
- Make our RSHE curriculum inclusive of all and ensure that our provision is tailored to every student within the Academy, regardless of their situation and needs.
How we deliver RSHE at SKA
Since 2020, Relationships, Sex and Health Education became compulsory for all pupils receiving a secondary education. The primary delivery point for RSHE is Global, Personal Studies (GPS) which also encompasses our wider Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education. Discrete, timetabled lessons are set aside for Years 7-10 once per fortnight and use guidance provided by both the PSHE Association and the Sex Education Forum to ensure our curriculum is relevant, accurate and inclusive for all our students. A link to our GPS curriculum can be found here.
At SKA we believe that RSHE is not the sole responsibility of one subject, but that all teachers are teachers of RSHE. Our tutor programme is regularly reviewed and adapted to reflect local and national issues and our Academy leads in these areas meet regularly to discuss current trends. Our wider curriculum is in a process of constant review by our specialist curriculum leaders who aim to highlight issues within their discipline and empower students to have open and accurate discussions regarding these topics.
At SKA we believe that RSE and Health Education is about the emotional, social, and cultural development of students, and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity. RSE involves a combination of sharing information and exploring issues and values. RSE is about positively empowering students to make healthy decisions, be successful learners and productive members of society.
Further information on our Relationship and Sex Education Policy, including information on how to opt-out of the sex education element (excluding the Science National Curriculum) can be accessed here.