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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 8 students study the following topics:

  • Factors which may affect, mental and emotional health, both positively and negatively including how to critically evaluate when something they do or are involved in has a positive or negative effect on their own or others’ mental health.
  • The characteristics and evidence of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight, including the links between an inactive lifestyle and ill health.
  • Common types of mental ill health (e.g. anxiety and depression).
  • The differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, including domestic violence and coercion.
  • Understanding body image and self-esteem and how to recognise, manage and respond to pressures around body image.
  • How the internet can also be a negative place where online abuse, trolling, bullying and harassment can take place, which can have a negative impact on mental health.
  • Developing a deeper understanding of online and offline risks and personal safety, including internet safety and online harms, online risks and identifying harmful behaviours online and how to report and find support for themselves and others
  • The law around sexting, grooming and online harassment and the consequences of these behaviours.
  • The impact of bullying and cyberbullying and that that some types of behaviour within relationships are criminal, including violent behaviour and coercive control. 
  • The harm that alcohol and drug addiction can cause, both personally and socially, including short-term and long-term.
  • The benefits of diversity. 
  • How stereotypes, in particular stereotypes based on sex, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability, can cause damage.
  • Why social media, some computer games and online gaming, for example, are age restricted.

If you would like to find out more about RSE, the Parental Right to Withdrawl and Parental Consulation or access further support; please click here.

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