RSE and PHSE
According to the latest Government guidance RSE and PHSE is:
“Lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health. ” (DfES 0116/2000)
Please note that RSE stands for Relationship and Sex Education and PHSE stands for Personal Health and Social Education.
The school’s approach to RSE and PHSE will be conducted within a clear morals and values framework based on the above principles. It also aims to equip all students with accurate, unbiased knowledge about relationships, sex and health. Furthermore it will give students the opportunity to acquire life skills that will help them make good use of this knowledge. The programme will enable students to explore and respect their own and others’ opinions, attitudes and values.
The RSE and PHSE programme ensures that students will revisit topics in order to build upon their existing knowledge and skills throughout their time at the school. It is intended that RSE and PHSE will be taught through interactive learning activities as appropriate. Wherever appropriate, parents/carers will be informed and invited to support the RSE and PHSE programme.
Moral and values framework
The school believes that RSE and PHSE should be delivered within the following framework and the RSE and PHSE programme will promote:
- self respect;
- respect and tolerance towards others who may have different backgrounds, cultures, feelings, views and sexuality;
- taking account of other people’s feelings;
- mutual support and co-operation;
- accepting responsibility for the consequences of actions;
- the right of people to hold their own views;
- not imposing views on other people;
- the right not to be abused by other people or taken advantage of;
- the right to receive accurate information about sex and relationship issues.
The school ensures that effective RSE and PHSE is available to all students and that the RSE and PHSE programme responds to the needs of individual students with additional educational needs and takes students, cultures, faiths and family backgrounds into consideration.
The RSE and PHSE programme
The delivery of RSE AND PHSE at St George’s is conducted through coverage in all areas of the Curriculum (see Mapping document) and in sessions organised by external agencies according to the needs of particular year groups to include the following:
- Healthy relationships
- Anti-social behaviour - Is it worth it?
- Road safety
- Internet safety
- Contraception – practical as well as theoretical
- Drugs Education including ‘Legal Highs’
- Legal aspects of Drugs Education
- Guns and Knives
At present the school has a named RSE and PHSE coordinator who has responsibility for overseeing RSE and PHSE and responding to the needs of the community as and when required. The RSE and PHSE coordinator collaborates with other health professionals and other institutions such as Kent Police to ensure that all content is relevant and suitable for different age groups.
The RSE and PHSE coordinator thoroughly reviews any potential resource to ensure that there is no stereotyping, bias or prejudice and that they are suitable for the age group of the audience.
Dealing with sex-related disclosures/incidents (in accordance with the school’s Child Protection Policy).
All staff will receive training in dealing with sex-related pastoral incidents and this is done through whole school CPD for all staff.
Staff know that in dealing with any other incident they:
• consider whether the reported incident is a child protection matter or not;
- do not rush into anything that they might regret later;
- do not panic;
- assess the seriousness of the situation sensitively and sensibly, take everything into account but do not exaggerate or overreact;
- keep the welfare of the students as the focus;
- consider the full range of options available;
- consider and anticipate both the positive and negative consequences of any actions;
- consult and get support from other colleagues;
- if necessary, refer to experts such as the School Nurse and the designated Child Protection personnel in school.
The programme of RSE and PHSE at St George’s is a developing one and each year evaluation is made of the programme and the need for changes and improvements to be made. It is also clear that attention to community issues is paramount and needs to be addressed within the RSE and PHSE education programme.
Citizenship and Politics:
As of 2014/15, Citizenship is a statutory part of the curriculum for Key Stages 3 and 4. As such, every student at St George’s will study the Citizenship curriculum. This will be done in two ways: firstly through cross over with the subjects that are studied on a daily and weekly basis, and secondly through 3 discreet Enrichment Days across the year.
Our first Enrichment Day of this school year was on November 18th 2014, when all students took part in the first Citizenship and British Values Day. This including visiting speakers from groups such as Amnesty International, who spoke to year 11 about International Law. Students also discussed issues facing us in Thanet.
Should students wish to continue with the kind of issues that they have been exploring through Citizenship, they can continue to so by choosing to take Government and Politics at A level.