Relationship (Primary), Relationship and Sex Education (Secondary) and Health Education
At Woodlands we believe that Relationship, Sex and Health Education is an important part of a young person’s education and lays the foundations for long term wellbeing, empowerment, skills and knowledge to have healthy relationships and be safe.
Through our whole school approach to RSHE, curriculum and environment it is our aim that pupils are able to explore thoughts, feelings, experiences and beliefs in a safe and secure learning environment. This is turn will develop well-rounded, confident and resilient young people reaching their full potential.
Due to the greater vulnerability to bullying, exploitation that our pupils could experience it is important that they are taught how to keep themselves safe, particularly around public and private and consent. We strive to give them the knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe and happy within relationships of all types in to adulthood.
We aim to provide:
A culture of safety, success and achievement for all
It is important for us at Woodlands Academy to provide a Relationship and Sex Education curriculum that is matched to age, developmental stage and maturity. To meet the student where they are and in collaboration with parents provide a curriculum which is appropriate to their individual needs.
The curriculum is taught within a safe and supportive learning environment where sensitive discussions can take place, allowing pupils to ask questions about their learning, therefore getting appropriate and correct information. We aim to give our pupils the knowledge, skills and voice in being able to keep themselves safe on and offline.
A motivating curriculum
We aim to provide a RSHE/RHE curriculum that is matched to age, developmental stage and maturity in a way that is motivating, meaningful and accessible to the individual. We aim to not overlook any content set out by the government guidelines and use differentiated teaching to meet developmental ability to ensure a broad balanced curriculum that meets the individual needs of pupils. It is important that pupils are prepared for the changes that will happen in puberty and have the knowledge and skills to keep themselves healthy.
We work towards having an assessible provision of content but also focus on key areas of learning:
- Personal Care and hygiene.
- Relationships and sex education
- Appropriate behaviour (including addressing sexualised behaviour)
Strong relationships between school, families, pupils and community.
We strongly believe that RSE is most effective when delivered through a whole school approach. This means working consistently through informal learning opportunities as well as the RSE curriculum. A holistic approach is crucial, all staff and key adults in the young person’s life should be actively involved in providing consistent messages around RSE. The curriculum needs to be appropriate to the social, emotional, developmental and safety needs of the individual.
Due to the increased vulnerabilities of our students and the difficulty in transferring skills and knowledge it is crucial that we have a strong and effective relationship with families, external agencies and the community to practice skills in the appropriate environments; to enhance learning and facilitate retention of knowledge and skills in a meaningful way.
At Woodlands Academy, we take a holistic approach to ensure the curriculum is appropriate to the social, emotional and developmental needs of the individual. This is done in consultation with parents/carers through the Education Health Care Plan review process and continuous information sharing . We aim to identify barriers to learning and inform planning to achieve meaningful realistic outcomes for individuals.
PSHE/RHE/RSHE is taught through discrete timetabled sessions each week and is complimented by real life wider community experiences, assemblies, theme days and weeks, visiting professionals, therapies, specific programmes such as SoSafe, NSPCC Speak out and Stay Safe, Natterhub and Zones of Regulation.
Teachers, Instructors and Teaching Assistants use a range of strategies to provide purposeful, meaningful learning experiences, which will meet the needs of all the pupils in the setting.
We work very closely with external agencies to ensure that each individual student has the most appropriate and specialist support required to meet their needs, as well as experiencing the opportunities within school.
- Develop self-esteem, self-confidence, emotional well-being and resilience.
- Develop positive relationships based on respect for themselves and others.
- Recognise emotions and have the skills to manage these.
- Develop effective communication skills
- Develop a set of personal values and attitudes
- Take responsibility for their actions and the consequences of their actions
- Make informed choices regarding personal and social issues.
- Learn to keep themselves and others safe
- Develop positive attitudes to health
- Learn to respect the differences between people
- Develop their independence skills, preparing themselves for adult life.
- Become responsible and caring citizens.
- Be part of a school community in which everybody’s contribution is valued
Parent Consultation RSE
As you may already be aware, the Department for Education announced changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation. These changes came into effect from September 2020 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. Due to COVID 19 schools have been able to delay this until the summer term 2021. The statutory guidance can be found at:
Since our initial consultation last year and as part of our ongoing review of our RSE policy and curriculum, we must consult with the children, parents, staff and governors to ensure there is a general consensus on our approaches to policy and the curriculum content.
Below you will find guidance for parents from the department of Education.
Woodlands Academy will be starting their consultation process on Monday 15th November 2021; the consultation will close on the Friday 10th December 2021.
As part of this, parents, staff and governors, will be asked to read through the following school policy
and complete the below survey by Friday 10th December 2021.
Below is also a PowerPoint which highlights the statutory guidance, what and how we teach RSE at Woodlands.