Relationships, Sex and Health Education
As a secondary academy school we must provide RSHE to all pupils as per section 34 of the Children and Social work act 2017. You can view the full RSHE Policy at the foot of this page, which includes what topics are taught in each year group.
Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) at Meadowhead School will ensure that our young people are confident, knowledgeable and empowered to make good choices.
RSHE is about the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils, and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity. RSHE involves a combination of sharing information, and exploring issues and values. We believe that effective relationship and sex education is essential if young people are to make responsible and well informed decisions about their lives.
Most of the RSHE curriculum is taught within the Ethics curriculum and lessons. Y7, Y8 and Y9 students have two lessons of Ethics a week. Y10 and Y11 students have one lesson a week. From 2022-23, Y12 and Y13 students also have one lesson of Ethics a week. Biological aspects of RSHE are taught within the science curriculum, and other aspects of the RSHE curriculum are integrated in the Health, Fitness and Wellbeing (PE), ICT and Computing, and Food faculties. For Key Stage Three and Four, these lessons are supported by an extensive assembly programme. For Key Stage Five students, these lessons are supported by the tutorial programme and weekly briefings.
At Meadowhead, RSHE will be accessible for all pupils. The Head of Ethics works with colleagues such as Assistant Headteacher – SENCO and the Engagement Centre teachers to ensure all Meadowhead pupils access the full curriculum as outlined in this policy. High quality teaching is differentiated and personalised and this is the starting point to ensure accessibility for all pupils. The school is aware that some pupils are more vulnerable to exploitation, bullying and other issues due to the nature of their SEND. Relationships, Sex and Health Education is a priority for these students who are regularly supported by individual mentoring or in small group sessions.