RSHE: Relationships, Sex and Health Education

From September 2020, it is a statutory requirement that all schools in England and Wales teach Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) as a part of their curriculum. The content of RSHE focuses on healthy lifestyles, healthy relationships and staying safe.

The following statutory topics are covered in RSHE:

RSHE is delivered through our PSHE curriculum, 'Step Up' Days (dropdown days) and through subject areas including Science, PE, ICT and Food Technology.

All compulsory content will be taught sensitively and inclusively, with respect to the age, backgrounds and beliefs of students and their parents while always with the aim of providing students with the knowledge they need.


The intent of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is to give students the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds. RSE enables them to know what a healthy relationship looks like and what makes a good friend, a good colleague and a successful committed relationship.

RSHE includes what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in relationships to help students to understand the positive effects that good relationships can have on their mental wellbeing, identify when relationships are not right and understand how such situations can be managed. RSE supports students in developing resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and where to access support.


The five main topics covered in the RSHE curriculum are:

RSHE is delivered through the PSHE curriculum with elements taught in other National Curriculum subjects including science and ICT. The RSE curriculum within PSHE is delivered by tutors to their tutor groups. Clear ground rules are agreed and re-visited each lesson with students. This establishes a safe and supportive environment which allows students to develop the confidence to ask questions.

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We are delighted to have achieved the Sunderland RSHE Bronze Charter Award.

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