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Relationships, Sex and Health Education
The Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (RSHE) curriculum at Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich aims to provide our students with the knowledge that will help them make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships.
We believe this knowledge will support them in developing the capacity and skills to make sound decisions when facing the risks, challenges or complex contexts of the wider world.
The curriculum gives young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships. It enables students to know what a healthy relationship looks like and what makes a good friend, a good colleague or a successful marriage or other type of committed relationship. We contrast this with behaviours and attitudes in unhealthy relationships and help equip our students with the decision-making skills to make positive life choices.
Further details of the currculum can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
Respect for others
Our Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education curriculum is planned with an understanding of the contextual challenges and risks facing our students. We are an all-boys school from 11-16 and serving a vibrant and diverse community. We recognise the vital importance of educating our students about respect for others and this theme of respect runs throughout our curriculum across a range of issues.
We devote additional curriculum time to issues as diverse as consent, sexual harassment and sexual violence; challenges facing the LGBTQ+ community and staying safe in the community.
To enrich our work in these areas, we work with appropriate external agencies such as Action Break Silence (pictured), The Raising Awareness and Prevention Foundation (RAP) and the Metropolitan Police to supplement the education provided by our trained PSHE teachers.
A lifelong process
The curriculum teaches young people to understand human sexuality and to respect themselves and others. It does not encourage early sexual experimentation. It enables young people to be mature, build their confidence and self-esteem and understand the reasons for delaying sexual activity. Effective relationships and sex education also supports people, throughout life, to develop safe, fulfilling and healthy sexual relationships, at the appropriate time. Effective health education focuses on both physical health, mental wellbeing, online safety and basic first aid.
Learning about relationships, sex and health is a lifelong process and we recognise that parents are key figures in helping their children to cope with the emotional and physical aspects of growing up and the challenges and responsibilities that sexual maturity brings.
The Academy offers its Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (RSHE) curriculum as an integral part of a broad and balanced PSHE programme and within the Science National Curriculum. Our curriculum is delivered in a balanced and sensitive manner, within a moral and caring framework. This is intended to complement and support the role of parents.
Click HERE for further details of our RSHE curriculum for Years 7-11.
Click HERE for further details of our RSHE curriculum for Years 12-13.
Click on the links below to see some sample resources on the following topics, used as part of our RSHE and PSHE curriculum.