Relationships, Health and Sex Education (RSHE)

At Step by Step school, we teach Relationships, Health and Sex Education in line with statutory guidance (Department for Education, 2021).

What we teach

Relationships Education (Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form)

We aim to teach pupils fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships with particular reference to friendships, family relationships and relationships with other peers and adults.

Health Education (Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form)

Health Education aims to give pupils the information they need to make good decisions about their own physical and mental health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise. Health Education includes key information around naming body parts and how our body changes during puberty, both mentally and physically.

 Sex and Relationships Education (Secondary and Sixth Form)

We aim to teach pupils about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. Some aspects are taught in science, and others are taught as part of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE). The term ‘Relationships’ in ‘Relationships and Sex Education’ stresses the approach goes beyond provision of biological information to also focus on clarifying attitudes and values, and aims to develop self-esteem and the skills to manage relationships.

Addressing Relationships and Sex Education has three main elements enabling pupils to:

  • Explore their own and other peoples’ attitudes and values.
  • Develop and practice personal and social skills.
  • Increase their knowledge and skills.

The Relationships, Health and Sex Education (RHSE) policy is underpinned by the ethos and values of our school and we uphold it as an entitlement for all our pupils. We recognise the need to work as a whole school community to ensure a shared understanding of RHSE its values, and to deliver an effective programme that meets the needs of every one of our pupils.

How we teach

Some RSHE topics are approached as part of curriculum group lessons, where appropriate. Topic based lessons are planned across the academic year, differentiated appropriately according to a pupil’s age and developmental level, and revisited annually as part of a spiral curriculum model to build and consolidate knowledge of the subject.

Other topics are approached during 1:1 teaching, which allows for a highly individualised approach and allows for frequent repetition to support progress.

Click here for our RSHE policy.