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Relationships & Sex Education
RSE is taught as a component of our Fantastic Futures curriculum. All students study one hour per week of Fantastic Futures.
In Year 7 students study the following topics:
- The features of identity, including diversity and stereotypes, sexuality and gender identity.
- The importance of respecting others.
- The characteristics of positive and healthy relationships (in all contexts, including online) and how these relationships might contribute to human happiness.
- How to recognise who to trust and who not to trust, how to judge when a friendship is making them feel unhappy or uncomfortable, managing conflict and how to manage these situations and how to seek help or advice from others, if needed.
- What sorts of boundaries are appropriate in friendships with peers and others (including in a digital context) and that each person’s body belongs to them, and the differences between appropriate and inappropriate contact
- How to talk about emotions accurately and sensitively, using appropriate vocabulary.
- Rights and responsibilities relating to relationships with others.
- How aspects of health can be affected by choices they make, both positively and negatively.
- Ways to recognise, manage and respond to social pressures, including peer pressure and how to recognise the early signs of mental wellbeing concerns.
- Different types of bullying (including cyberbullying), the impact of bullying, responsibilities of bystanders to report bullying and how and where to get help for themselves or others.
- How to manage conflict within friendships and other types of relationships, including with others online and offline.
- How to identify harmful behaviours online (including bullying, abuse or harassment) and how to report, or find support, if they have been affected by those behaviours.
- Understanding what consent is, including coercion and manipulation and ways to obtain help and support for themselves and others.
- The changing adolescent body, including the physical and emotional changes which occur during puberty and menstrual wellbeing and facts about the menstrual cycle.
- Consent, including the age of consent.
- Recogonising risky behaviour online and offline and developing resilience towards these.
- An understanding of the legal, social and physical impact of smoking, drugs and alcohol misuse, including the physical and psychological consequences of addiction.
- Developing an understanding of what wellbeing and healthy lifestyles are, including the importance of all aspects of health, including stress, sleep, diet and exercise.
- How to maintain healthy eating and the links between a poor diet and health risks.
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