Relationship, Sex & Health Education (RSHE)

The Secretary of State said in 2021 that “Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.”

At St. Olave’s we are committed to trying to support our student body stay safe and we recognise the role school, along with parents and carers, must play in educating our school community about how to do this.

Our intent is we want our students to be happy and successful and leave school as caring, self-disciplined, independent young adults with an appreciation of moral and social responsibility and the skills necessary to play a full and positive role in society.

RSHE is a dynamic, challenging and ever evolving subject. In Years 7-11 pupils develop an understanding of protected characteristics, mental wellbeing, internet safety and harms, physical health and fitness, the dangers of drugs, tobacco and alcohol, health, and prevention, basic first aid, families, the changing adolescent body and respectful and intimate relationships. In the Sixth Form the focus again is on protected characterises, healthy relationships, safety, and preparation for life beyond school. We are mindful that content is age appropriate.

RSHE provides the tools to analyse and debate social issues. It allows pupils to hear opinions they might not have otherwise been exposed to and enable them to challenge their thinking and other’s. It is an essential tool for living a fulfilling, happy and successful life. It allows pupils to consider the cultural capital and incorporates British values. Students are given the opportunity to become articulate speakers and appreciate the importance of asking and answering complicated questions about life beyond the curriculum. There are no formal examinations in this subject but that does not mean it is any less important. It is valued, appreciated and develops life skills beyond those which an exam can test.

RSHE Curriculum Summaries 

KS3 Year 7 Year 8  
KS4 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
KS5 Year 12 Year 13  

Citizenship Curriculum Summaries

KS4 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
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