Relationships, Health and Sex Education


We want all of our learners at Orchardside to grow up healthy, happy, safe, and able to manage the challenges and opportunities of modern Britain. This is a vision we share with the Department for Education. That is why, from September 2020, all secondary age children will be taught an updated subject within the national curriculum called Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE). This subject has been designed to equip our young people with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them with the knowledge and skills for a successful adult life.

How will I be assessed

There are no public examinations for RSHE at this point in time, however, each term we have a series of skills that we cover in which we are able to assess as achieved internally.  

What will I learn

Relationships and Sex Education will build on the teaching at primary. It aims to give our young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds. Orchardside will cover content on what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like and what makes a good friend, colleague and successful marriage or committed relationship. At the appropriate time, the focus will move to developing intimate relationships, to equip our young people with knowledge they need to make safe, informed, and healthy choices as they progress through adult life.

Skills and Knowledge

The skills and Knowledge covered in the curriculum are:

  • Families
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online and media
  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Health and prevention
  • Changing Adolescent Body
  • First Aid
  • Being safe
  • Intimate sexual relationships
  • Intimate relationships

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