Relationships and Sex Education
At St Hilda's Church of England VC Primary School, we believe that the teaching of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education represents an opportunity to enable and equip our pupils to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships. It will give them the knowledge and skills to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. We know that everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. The teaching of these subjects can support young people to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support.
Today’s children are growing up in an increasingly complex world and live their lives seamlessly on and offline. We acknowledge that this presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. We firmly believe that young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their lives in a positive way online and in real life. We aim to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will be complemented by the development of personal attributes and values, including respect, responsibility, friendship and perseverance.
Teaching about mental wellbeing is central to this teaching. We aim to give children the knowledge and capability to take care of themselves and receive support if problems arise. We aim to help to foster pupil wellbeing and to develop resilience. These life skills are fundamental to pupils being happy, successful and productive members of society. Central to this is pupils’ ability to believe that they can achieve goals, both academic and personal; to stick to tasks that will help them achieve those goals, even when the reward may be distant or uncertain; and to recover from knocks and challenging periods in their lives.
This subject area represents a huge opportunity to help our children to develop and grow. The knowledge and attributes gained will support their own, and others’ wellbeing and attainment and help our children to become successful and happy adults who make a meaningful contribution to society.