What is Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)?
“It is lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about understanding the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care.
It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health. It is not about the promotion of sexual orientation or sexual activity.” [Sex and Relationships Education Guidance: ref DfEE 0116/2000]
Aims of RSE at WadebridgeIn line with our Teaching and Learning policy this part of the curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for young people to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to lead confident, safe, healthy, independent lives and become active and informed citizens.
Relationships and Sex Education at Wadebridge School is a graduated, age appropriate programme covering topics such as:
• Physical and emotional changes at puberty
• Looking after your body – keeping healthy during puberty
• Respect and responsibility
• Relationships – including marriage and parenthood
• The difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships
• Assessing risk
• Resisting pressure
• Prejudice and discrimination linked to sexual identity and orientation
• Body image and feeling good
• Influences on young people from sources including the media, internet and porn
• Accessing help and advice
• Sex and the law
• STIs, including HIV, and high- risk behaviours
• The links between sexual behaviour and alcohol
• Conception and contraception
• Pregnancy, birth and parenting
OrganisationRelationships and Sex Education is taught as part of the PD (Personal Development) programme in KS3, and via planned days and events for KS4 and 5. There are also links to aspects of the Science National Curriculum and some topics covered in EPR lessons. The school invites representatives from outside agencies such as Health professionals, Brooke and other organisations.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from any RSE that falls outside of the statutory curriculum (Education Act, 1996) however, they cannot withdraw from human reproduction as this forms part of the Science National Curriculum. Any parents expressing concerns will be invited into to school for discussions with a teacher responsible for planning the programme, and to view materials and resources. The parent will be advised that they have an obligation to provide the information at home using information available from the DFE if they do make the decision to withdraw their child from these lessons within school.
Health Zone Information
Wadebridge School established a new Health Zone in April 2012. It is a once a week lunch time drop-in for students to come and talk confidentially to a School Nurse, a Youth Worker or a member of the Pastoral Team.
We discovered that there was a need in school that was not being met, for students to discuss issues such as puberty, stress, healthy eating and sexual health, in more depth or as they occurred for that young person. The Health Zone provides a place for students to pick up information leaflets or talk to a professional privately.
The Health Zone also explores issues in line with national awareness topics such as Breast Awareness Month.
The Health Zone also provides an opportunity for students to register on the C-Card scheme. This is a national scheme already used in many schools across the country that allows students to have access to free condoms. It is available for students age 13 and over who are assessed as being Fraser Competent*. The student has a talk with a trained worker about the c-card process, sexual health and they are encouraged to talk to their parents. They are taught how to use the condom correctly and safely and then they are given a card that allows them to access condoms in a number of distribution points across Cornwall.
Please feel free to contact any of the Pastoral Support Team for further details about the Health Zone:
*The Fraser Guidelines give guidance on providing advice and treatment to young people under 16. Under the guidelines, young people under the age of 16 can consent to contraceptive treatment, without parental knowledge, if they have the sufficient maturity and judgement to enable them to fully understand what is proposed.