The Relationships, Sex and Health Education program is developed to help our students navigate our complex and changing world that we live in. The overall aim is to develop healthy and happy students, who have developed knowledge and skills that will not only help them through their school years, but also during their adult life. Students will be educated about circumstances that they may face in the ‘real world’ as well as the ‘virtual world’ and explore methods of dealing with circumstances and emotions in a positive and protective way. Students, at the end of their education at Wilmington academy, will have the skills needed to help them develop resilience and begin to work out their place in the world.
Schedule of Learning
Action Days in Year 10
- Day 1- The not so nice side to relationships
- Day 2- Physical health and fitness
- Day 3- It’s all fun and games?
Module 1 – Mental health & wellbeing
- Transition to Year 10
- How exam stress affect our mental and physical well being
- practical things can we do to reduce exam stress?
- managing stress?
- identifying when we are stressed in general?
- develop problem solving skills to reduce stress in our lives.
- World Mental Health Day
Module 2 – Families
- resolving conflicts at home
- different communication styles?
- de-escalating arguments?
- identify a healthy relationship
- What does an abusive relationship look like?
Module 3 – Respectful relationships including friendships
- Different types of discrimination ? Students explore how people can be discriminated against. Students are then introduced to historical discrimination of LQBTQIA+, with case study focus on Section 28
- What do we mean by gender identities? ‘It is not just pink and blue’. Students explore different gender identities, the use of pronouns and how to be a positive bystander.
- historical and present day homophobia,
- Impacts of homophobia on individuals.
Module 4 – Internet safety & potential harm
- role social media and the media plays in developing community bonds
- how the media can affect the portrayal of groups,
- distinctions between protests.
Module 5 – Internet safety & potential harm
- impact of viewing explicit content
- relationships and the different types of long term commitment.
- differences between arranged and forced marriages and how to seek assistance.
- different types of long term commitments, including civil partnerships, marriage and cohabitation.
- knife crime and how to avoid these situations.
- manage friendships and unwanted situations.
- positive role models
Module 6 – Health & prevention
- Different types of contraception
- What needs to be considered with an unplanned pregnancy?
- What life could be like with a child.
- Different STI’s – Where can I get treatment?
- examine myself to check for Cancer? Students begin to explore what cancer is and how to check for cancer.
- How can I give CPR correctly? Students explore the importance of knowing how to give CPR and how to do this.
- different allergies and what can be done to help
Module 1 – Respectful relationships including friendships
- Intro to RHSE
- Identify healthy and unhealthy relationships? Managing unwanted attention?
- What is sexual consent? What does it look like?
- What consent means , both ethically and legally
- Sexual image, inc., pornography and sexting?
- World Mental Health day 10th October
Module 2 – Intimate and sexual relationships including sexual health & wellbeing
- Reducing exam -stress and every day general life stresses
- What does self care look like?
- sexually transmitted infections?
- How can we deal with unplanned pregnancy?
Module 3 – Families
- Students explore what life is like as a parent and the responsibilities you have at different life stages
- what the term fertility means, how fertility can be affected and the different routes into parenting.
- Unplanned pregnancy?
- laws around abortion and how to access support and advice.
- contrasting views around abortion, linking to both religious views, as well as ethical.
- LGBTQ+ History Month
Module 4 – Financial Education
- The world of work
- Calculating pay the deductions finances
- How can I be in control of my money?
- How can money affect our mental health?
Module 5 – Mental Wellbeing & healthy eating
- Reduce stress and anxieties around the exam period.
- practical methods of reducing stress and anxiety,
- mentoring from their tutors/HOC?SSM’s.
- creating exam calendars, revision schedules
- exploring the best way to revise.
Module 6 – Mental Wellbeing & healthy eating
- Year 11 student sitting Exams
- mentoring from their tutors.
Students are taught the 13 topics of RSHE through a spiralled curriculum, with knowledge built and developed as they progress throughout the school. Content is delivered during Action days and during form sessions on a weekly basis. The content, despite remaining similar, will change and be amended to suit the needs of the current cohort.
Through lessons based on the 13 key elements of the framework, students will develop and build on knowledge gained, to help them develop the resilience, skills and knowledge that will help them to develop a healthy, happy and informed life. Through the curriculum, students will be able to develop coping mechanisms to promote positive mental health, thus enhancing their experiences both socially and academically.