Relationships and 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 9 students study the following topics:

  • Developing digital resilience, including considering their rights, responsibilities and opportunities online, including that the same expectations of behaviour apply in all contexts, including online.

  • Key issues as privacy; cyberbullying cyber stalking; ‘Fear of Missing Out’, including how social media and digital media can have both positive and negative impacts on self-esteem and emotional wellbeing.

  • Laws relating to behaviour online, including sexing, sharing of and viewing material and keeping healthy online, including online behaviours such as image and information sharing (e.g sexting).

  • The legal rights and responsibilities regarding equality and that everyone is unique and equal.

  • Understanding of different types of committed, stable relationships, including marriage, issues relating to forced marriage and the characteristics of positive and healthy relationships.

  • Criminal exploitation, for example, through gang involvement or ‘county lines’ drugs operations.

  • How to recognise radicalisation and grooming, both online and offline, including the signs of grooming and ways to seek help and support for themselves or others.

  • 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.

  • Types of behaviour within relationships that are criminal, including violent behaviour, sexting and harassment.

  • A deeper understanding of LGBT Identities, discrimination, hate crime and hate speech, including the impact that this has on individuals, communities and society.

  • The characteristics and evidence of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight, including the links between an inactive lifestyle and ill health, including cancer and cardiovascular ill-health.

  • Deeper insight to the harms caused by alcohol misuse, smoking and legal and illegal drugs, including: the facts about legal and illegal drugs and their associated risks, the link between drug use, and the associated risks, including the link to serious mental health conditions.

  • The law around substance misuse, including relating to the supply and possession of illegal substances.

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