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Relationships, Sex and Health Education


Our ethos and values of care, contribute and challenge support a safe learning environment for RSE which reflect the values of the school.

  • An awareness, understanding and respect for self, including self-confidence and self esteem
  • An awareness and respect for others and their views
  • Taking responsibility for choices and actions
  • The promotion of understanding and empathy to enable all pupils to treat others with fairness and respect
  • The development of relationships based on mutual understanding and trust
  • Develop a regard for family life, friends, and the wider community

Definition and objectives for RSE

  • RSE is part of lifelong learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health.
  • RSE, within subject’s such as BTC, citizenship, Science, PE and health days, aims to give children and young people essential skills for building  positive, enjoyable, respectful and non-exploitive relationships and the skills to stay safe both on and off line.
  • It enables pupils to explore their own and others’ attitudes and values and builds their self-esteem and confidence to view their own sexuality positively.
  • RSE is not about the promotion of sexual activity. The objective of RSE is life-long learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. It should help pupils to learn to respect themselves and others by acquiring accurate information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs, values and attitudes.
  • RSE is about the understanding of 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 and to enable pupils to take responsibility for their sexual health and well-being.
  • Promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all pupils
  • Prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
  • Encourage pupils to value themselves and others
  • Allow pupils to acknowledge and appreciate difference and diversity
  • Teach pupils how to make informed choices
  • Prepare pupils to be positive and active members of a democratic society
  • Teach pupils to understand what constitutes a safe and healthy lifestyle
  • Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place
  • Promote safety in forming and maintaining relationships,
  • Provide pupils with a toolkit for understanding and managing their emotions
  • Provide pupils with the opportunities to consider issues which may affect their own lives and/or
  • Help pupils to identify the characteristics of healthy relationships, how relationships may affect mental and physical health; and how to stay safe online.
  • Prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene
  • Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
  • Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships
  • Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies

Delivery of RSE and the Curriculum

RSE is taught across BTC, Citizenship, PE and Health days’ curriculum. Some biological aspects of sex education are taught within the science curriculum. Many aspects are taught through cross-curricular links and as part of everyday class activities. At Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School we believe that pupils should be taught about the society in which they are growing up. These subjects are designed to foster respect for others and for difference and educate pupils about healthy relationships. We believe that RSE should meet the needs of all pupils, whatever their developing sexuality or identity – this should include age-appropriate teaching about different types of relationships in the context of the law. Pupils will receive teaching on LGBTQ+ relationships, for example, through teaching about different types of family, including those with same sex parents.

                  Health & wellbeing Relationships Living in the wider world










Transition and safety
Transition to secondary school and personal safety in and outside school, including first aid

Health and puberty
Healthy routines, influences on health, puberty, unwanted contact, and FGM

Diversity, prejudice, and bullying

Building relationships
Self-worth, romance and friendships (including online) and relationship boundaries







Developing skills and aspirations
Careers, teamwork and enterprise skills, and raising aspirations

Financial decision making
Saving, borrowing, budgeting and making financial choices










Drugs and alcohol
Alcohol and drug misuse and pressures relating to drug use

Emotional wellbeing Mental
Health and emotional wellbeing, including body image and coping strategies 

Discrimination in all its forms, including: racism, religious discrimination, disability, discrimination, sexism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia

Identity and relationships
Gender identity, sexual orientation, consent, ‘sexting’, and an introduction to contraception, sharing images and consent.

Community and careersEquality of opportunity in careers and life choices, and different types and patterns of work

Digital literacy
Online safety, digital literacy, media reliability, and gambling hooks




Peer influence, substance use and gangs
Healthy and unhealthy friendships, assertiveness, substance misuse, and gang exploitation

Healthy lifestyle
Diet, exercise, lifestyle balance and healthy choices, and first aid

Respectful relationships
Families and parenting, healthy relationships, conflict resolution, and relationship changes

Intimate relationships
Relationships and sex education including consent, contraception, the risks of STIs, and attitudes to pornography

Setting goals
Learning strengths, career options and goal setting as part of the GCSE options process

Employability skills 
Employability and online presence


Mental health

Mental health and ill health, stigma, safeguarding health, including during periods of transition or change

Exploring influence
The influence and impact of drugs, gangs, role models and the media

Healthy relationships Relationships and sex expectations, myths, pleasure and challenges, including the impact of the media and pornography. Consent and sharing images.

Addressing extremism and radicalisation  Communities, belonging and challenging extremism

Work experiencePreparation for and evaluation of work experience and readiness for work





Building for the future
Self-efficacy, stress management, and future opportunities

Responsible health choices, and safety in independent contexts



Communication in relationships
Personal values, assertive communication (including in relation to contraception and sexual health), relationship challenges and abuse

Different families and parental responsibilities, pregnancy, marriage and forced marriage and changing relationships

Next steps
Application processes, and skills for further education, employment and career progression

Financial decision making
The impact of financial decisions, debt, gambling and the impact of advertising on financial choices




Mental health
Strategies for positive wellbeing

Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
Long term health effects, how it can affect personal safety, wider risks




Developing healthy relationships with levels of intimacy, constructive dialogue, managing end of relationships

Moral and legal responsibilities, consequences of actions, recognising and seeking help for sexual abuse, contraceptive and pregnancy

Choices and pathways
Next step options, employment rights

Media literacy and digital resilience














Healthy lifestyles
How to take responsibly for personal health and wellbeing

Bullying, abuse and discrimination
Support for unhealthy relationships, forced marriage and honour based violence, harassment, consequences of criminal activity 

Relationship values, recognising and challenging prejudice and discrimination, faith and cultural views and the impact on relationships

Sexual health
How to take responsibility for own sexual health



Financial Choices








RSHE Curriculum Map

How can I help to support my child at home and encourage a good education in RSE?

Find out here

Your contacts in school are:

Ms Pardoe, Assistant Head
Ms Nickell, Lead RSHE


Useful Links
Assetts Publishing - Relationships Drink Aware - Health effects of alcohol
NHS - Sexual Health NHS - Let's Talk About It
NSPCC - Relationships and Sexual Education  Relate - Relationship Support
Talk to Frank - Information about Drugs Teen central - Therapeutic support
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