At Whitelands Academy, Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) is taught as a timetabled subject for all year groups.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is defined by the PSHE Association as 'learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health'. Whitelands Academy's school policy is in line with current regulations from the Department of Education (DfE) on Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE). The RSHE content is delivered in an age appropriate way in our school with regard to the age and stage of pupils.

The aim of Relationships and Sex Education in our school is to equip children and young people with the information, skills and values they need to have safe, fulfilling and enjoyable relationships and take responsibility for their physical, sexual and emotional health and wellbeing. Our RSHE is an adaptive curriculum, which means the outlined overview for Years 7-11 is subject to change in line with any current, relevant issues in relation to our students.

Relationships and Sex Education make a significant contribution to the school's legal duties to prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life, and promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils. The RSHE curriculum is taught in the context of our school values: Respect, Teamwork, Resilience, Ambition, Integrity and Anti-Discrimination.

At Whitelands Academy, we recognise the central importance of relationships in supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing, academic achievement and future success.

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