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Relationships, Sex and Health Education

Relationships, sex and health education is an important aspect of pupils’ personal development.

Warlingham School & Sixth Form College is committed to ensuring all pupils are equipped to cope with a variety of personal and sexual relationships, as well as promoting their spiritual, moral, cultural, and physical development. We aim to equip our young people with the information and skills needed to make safer, healthier and responsible choices; in an environment where sensitive and respectful discussions can take place.

Our curriculum aims to ensure that all students develop the knowledge, conceptual understanding, skills and learner attributes through the exploration of variety of health and wellbeing and relationship units.  The curriculum is a progression model, through which the ‘big ideas’ are developed and built upon, as students develop their own schema for Relationships, sex and health education (RSHE).  Our big ideas or Core Concepts, through which all aspects of science can be linked to or explained by are:

The Core Concepts 

  • Respect – thinking of others and showing kindness to all
  • Harm – recognising harmful situations and to know how to respond
  • Lifestyle – know what a healthy lifestyle looks like with regard to nutrition, sleep, routines, addiction, binging
  • Assessing risk – being able to assess risks and make informed decisions
  • Resilience – being able to manage challenging situations and bounce back when then arise

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Unit 1: Health and Wellbeing

How do we manage transitions and how can we keep ourselves safe?

  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Staying safe whilst travelling to school
  • Basic first aid
  • How to respond to emergencies

Unit 2: Relationships

Why it is so important that we challenge prejudice, stereotypes, bullying and discrimination of all kinds?  Do we know how to challenge it?

  • Prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination
  • racism
  • Healthy relationships
  • Bullying vs banter
  • Internet safety and cyber bulling

Unit 3: Health and Wellbeing

How can we make healthy lifestyle choices and manage the physical and emotional changes during puberty and beyond?

  • Healthy eating and lifestyles choices
  • Puberty
  • Menstruation
  • Menopause

Unit 4: Relationships

Why is it so important that we build positive relationships and how can we do it?

  • Importance of healthy family relationships
  • Benefits of marriage, consent and the law
  • Explore different family structures
  • Introduction to consent and romantic relationships.

Year 8

Unit 1: Health and Wellbeing

How can we take care of and improve our mental and emotional wellbeing?

  • Wellbeing and maintaining positive mental health
  • Strategies to build resilience and cope with challenges
  • Signs of depression
  • Positive body image
  • HPV vaccination information

Unit 2: Relationships

Why it is so important that we challenge prejudice, stereotypes, bullying and discrimination of people because of their gender identity, sexuality, or religion?  Do we know how to challenge it?

  • Prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination
  • 2010 Equality Act
  • LGBTQ+ discrimination and stereotyping
  • Religious discrimination

Unit 3: Health and Wellbeing

How do we assess the risks of drugs (nicotine, caffeine, alcohol)?

  • Peer pressure
  • alcohol
  • Risk of smoking and vaping
  • Energy drinks – excessive caffeine and sugar

Unit 4: Relationships

How can we assess risk and manage influence online?

  • Online rights and responsibilities 
  • Law on image sharing
  • How to report online material
  • Online grooming - recognise the warning signs
  • Financial exploitation and awareness of gambling hooks

Year 9

Unit 1: Health and Wellbeing

What can we do to assess risk and manage influence safely in our lives?

  • Peer pressure
  • Recognise assertive, passive, and aggressive behaviour
  • Legal and physical risks of carrying a knife
  • Law on alcohol consumption and risks of excessive drinking

Unit 2: Relationships

Why are relationships at home and with friends so important and how can we resolve conflict or overcome difficulties when they occur?

  • Family life and parenting styles
  • Healthy and abusive family relationships
  • How to resolve conflict with friends and family

Unit 3: Health and Wellbeing

How can we take increased responsibility for our health and wellbeing?

  • Self-examination and importance of screening 
  • Balancing our lives between sleep, work, leisure and exercise.
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Media and body image
  • Law on sex, consent 
  • Assessing readiness for sexual activity

Unit 4: Relationships

How do we manage risk and influence when it comes to intimate relationships?

  • Normalising STI clinics
  • Awareness of HIV/AIDs
  • Safe sex - different forms of contraceptives
  • How to apply a condom
  • Unprotected sex, including STIs, pregnancy
  • Fertility health, miscarriage and abortion

Key Stage 4

Year 10

Unit 1: Health and Wellbeing

How can we safeguard our mental health as we get older and experience change and transition?

  • Social media and maintaining our self-esteem and confidence.
  • Anxiety, social anxiety, stress and depression
  • Causes, risks and consequences of using illegal drugs

 Unit 2: Relationships

What are the myths, assumptions and misconceptions about sex, gender and relationships?  How can we manage this pressure and build healthy relationships? What are the legal and ethical implications in relation to consent?

  • Media, pornography and sexual attitudes and expectations
  • Coercive control, honour based violence, stalking and harassment
  • Same-sex attraction and gender identity
  • Law on consent and rape
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)

Unit 3: Health and Wellbeing

What is the influence and impact of drugs, gangs, role models and the media? How can we manage dangerous situations and make healthy choices?

  • Importance of having positive role models
  • Improving decision-making skills
  • Grooming to join a gang
  • Gang membership
  • County lines (drugs)

Unit 4: Relationships

How do we address extremism and radicalisation?

  • Community cohesion
  • Extremism including domestic terrorism
  • Hate crimes