RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) is taught within the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education curriculum. Biological aspects of RSE are also taught within the Science curriculum, and other aspects are included in Philosophy and Religious Education (PRE) and Physical Education (PE). However, aspects of RSE may be covered in almost all subject areas and all teachers will be trained to be able to address questions that students may have in an age appropriate manner that is compliant with this policy.
RSE focuses on giving young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds including:
These areas of learning are taught within the context of family life taking care to ensure that there is no stigmatisation of children based on their home circumstances (families can include single parent families, LGBT parents, families headed by grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents/carers amongst other structures) along with reflecting sensitively that some children may have a different structure of support around them (for example: looked after children or young carers).
Orleans Park acknowledges that high-quality, evidence-based and age-appropriate teaching can help students prepare for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life as well as promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of students both at school and in society. For every young person to be prepared for life in modern Britain, it's vital that their curriculum reflects the full diversity of the world they live in. This includes teaching about LGBTQ+ people and themes. Sexual orientation and gender identity will be explored at a timely point. Same-sex relationships will be included within lessons discussing healthy and stable relationships. Orleans Park is alive to issues such as everyday sexism, misogyny, homophobia and gender stereotypes and we believe that this curriculum will contribute to building a culture where these are not tolerated.
RSE will be set in the context of a wider whole-school approach to supporting students to be safe, happy and prepared for life beyond school. The curriculum on relationships and sex will complement and be supported by the school’s wider policies on behaviour, inclusion, respect for equality and diversity, anti-bullying and safeguarding. RSE will sit within the context of the school’s broader ethos and approach to developing students socially, morally, spiritually and culturally. RSE is also considered as an integral part of our pastoral care system.
Please look at our PSHE/RSE curriculum overviews for each Year Group and our RSE policy that are linked below: