RSHE Parental Consultation

As part of our parental consultation process for the RSHE curriculum; we invite parents and guardians to look through the government provided information regarding RSHE.  If you have any further questions please check the links at the bottom of this page.

Understanding Relationships, Sex and Health  Education at your child’s secondary school:  a guide for parents 

We want all children to grow up healthy, happy, safe, and able to manage the challenges and  opportunities of modern Britain. That is why, from September 2020, all secondary age children will  be taught Relationships, Sex and Health Education.  

These subjects are designed to equip your child with knowledge to make informed decisions about  their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a successful adult life. The  world for all young people looks very different from the way it did 20 years ago when this  curriculum was last updated – these changes bring the content into the 21st century, so that it is  relevant for your child.  

Your child’s school will have flexibility to deliver the content in a way that is age and  developmentally appropriate and sensitive to the needs and religious background of its pupils.  

Relationships and Sex Education  

Relationships and Sex Education will build on  the teaching at primary. It aims to give young  people the information they need to help them  develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all  kinds.  

Your child’s school will cover content on what  healthy and unhealthy relationships look like  and what makes a good friend, colleague and  successful marriage or committed relationship.  At the appropriate time, the focus will move to  developing intimate relationships, to equip your  child with knowledge they need to make safe,  informed and healthy choices as they progress  through adult life.  

Health Education  

Health Education aims to give your child the  information they need to make good decisions  about their own health and wellbeing, to  recognise issues in themselves and others,  and to seek support as early as possible when  issues arise. 

By the end of secondary school, pupils  will have been taught content on: 

  • families 
  • respectful relationships, including   friendships 
  • online media 
  • being safe 
  • intimate and sexual relationships,  including sexual health 

You can find further details by  searching ‘relationships, sex and  health education’ on GOV.UK. 

By the end of secondary school, pupils  will have been taught content on: 

  • mental wellbeing 
  • internet safety and harms 
  • physical health and fitness 
  • healthy eating 
  • drugs, alcohol and tobacco 
  • health and prevention 
  • basic first aid 
  • changing adolescent body 

You can find further details by  searching ‘relationships, sex and  health education’ on GOV.UK.  

Your rights as a parent

The important lessons you teach your child  about healthy relationships, looking after  themselves and staying safe, are respected and  valued under this new curriculum. Teaching at  school will complement and reinforce the  lessons you teach your child as they grow up.  

Your child’s school is required to consult with  you when developing and renewing their  policies on Relationships, Sex and Health  Education. These policies must be published  online and be available to anybody free of  charge.  

You can express your opinion, and this will  help your child’s school decide how and when  to cover the content of the statutory guidance.  It may also help them decide whether to teach  additional non-statutory content. Schools are  required to ensure their teaching reflects the  age and religious background of their pupils.  

Some schools will start to teach these subjects  from September 2019 – if you’d like to know  more, please speak to your child’s school about  what they plan to teach. 

Right to withdraw your child 

You cannot withdraw your child from Health  Education or the Relationships Education  element of Relationships and Sex Education,  because it is important that all children receive  this content, covering topics such as friendships  and how to stay safe.  

If you do not want your child to take part in  some or all of the Sex Education lessons  delivered at secondary, you can ask that they  are withdrawn. Your child’s head teacher will  consider this request and discuss it with you,  and will grant this in all but exceptional  circumstances, up until three school terms  before your child turns 16. At this age, your  child can choose to receive Sex Education if  they would like to, and the school should  arrange for your child to receive this teaching  in one of those three terms (unless there are  exceptional circumstances).  

If your child’s school is planning to teach these  subjects from September 2019, your right to  withdraw your child from Sex Education will be  governed by the current legislation and so is  absolute for the 2019/20 academic year – your  child cannot opt in, and the head teacher will  not overrule this request. This will remain the  case until September 2020, when the new  subjects will become compulsory and the new  right to withdraw provisions will apply. 

The science curriculum in all maintained  schools also includes content on human  development, including reproduction, which  there is no right to withdraw from.  

If you want to know more about what will be taught as  part of these new subjects, the best thing to do is speak  to your child’s school.  


Appendix 2: Grace Academy Coventry PSHE Programme Overview 

Year 7
Term 1 Unit(s) Title: My New School 

Topics Include: Time management, Personal skills, Managing stress, Organisational skills, Plagiarism and Bullying 

Unit(s) Title: Puberty and Hygiene  

Topics Include: Emotional change, Physical change, Personal Hygiene, Understanding Puberty (Girls and boys puberty) 

  • Christopher Winter lessons, delivered in Science. Changes in Puberty, managing feelings, and getting help and support- Summer term  
Term 2 Unit(s) Title: Relationships  

Topics Include: Friendship and belonging, Role Models, Communication, Stereotypes (Equality and Sexual orientation), Healthy relationships – 1. Respect and 2. Equality  

Unit(s) Title: Digital Citizens  

Topics Include: Social media, Privacy, Data and Cookies, Trolling, Digital citizen 

Term 3 Unit(s) Title: Healthy Living 

Topics include: Healthy living, Importance of exercise, balance diet, FGM, Types of cancers, Oral hygiene 

Unit(s) Title: Alcohol and Drugs 

Topics include: Christopher Winters resources 

  • Christopher Winter lessons, delivered in Science. Changes in Puberty, managing feelings, and getting help and support, Communicating in Relationships, Conception, Contraception, Sexual exploitation, Sexual Health and STI’s- Summer term  
Year 8
Term 1 Unit(s) Title: Health and Wellbeing 

Topics Include: Personal Hygiene, Emotions, Resilience, Self esteem, Set backs, Sleeping habits and Eating disorders 

Unit(s) Title: Relationships

Topics Include: Puberty (Recap) Types of relationships, Imitate relationships, Abusive relationships, Types of abuse, Boundaries, Privacy and Consent, Sexual Harassment 

Term 2 Unit(s) Title: Human Rights 

Topics Include: History of human rights, United Nations Declaration of human rights, European Convention of human rights, Human rights and abuse, Discrimation, Prejudice

Unit(s) Title: Ready for the World of Work 

Topics Include: This is your life, Self management, Communication, Interpersonal skills, team work 

Term 3 Unit(s) Title: British Society 

Topics Include: What does it mean to be British?, British culture, British Citizenship test and Democracy, Government in the UK, UK political parties and Voting 

Unit(s) Title: Alcohol and Drugs  

Topics Include: Christopher Winters resources 

Year 9
Term 1 Unit(s) Title: Health and Wellbeing 

Topics Include: Self confidence, Mental health and self harm, physical activity, coping with stress, Sleep, Depression, Eating habits 

Unit(s) Title: Personal wellbeing

Topics Include: Personal hygiene, DOVE Project (Self appearance, media influence, body confidence, banish body talk) FGM and Ageism

Term 2 Unit(s) Title:  Money Matters 

Topics Include: Personal finance, household budgeting, income, Banking (Bank statements and receipts) Debit and credit cards,Understanding payslips and deductions.

Unit(s) Title:  Rights and Responsibilities 

Topics Include: What is a citizen? Human Rights Legislation,Diversity, Human Trafficking, Rights and responsibiliites in the workplace, Carbon Footprint,  

Term 3
  • Issues with RSE 
Year 10
Term 2 Unit(s) Title: Preparing for the world of work 

Topics Include: Employability, Job search and apprenticeship, Workskills, Job application, CV writing 

Term 3 Unit(s) Title: Issues with RSE 

Topics Include: Gender identity and sexuality, Different forms of homophobia and transphobia, Relationship and consent, Healthy and unhealthy relationships, Contraception and STI’s, Porongrapgy 

Unit(s) Title: Miscellaneous 

Topics Include: Discrimination and Harrassement, Social media, Cyber crime, Financial planning Bank accounts and savings, cancer 

For full information, please see the attached RSHE Policy.  Please be aware that this policy is currently undergoing review and is therefore provided in draft form pending further changes:
As part of our parental consultation process; we also invite parents and guardians to fill out a short feedback form:

For more information Please Contact the Head of Faculty: Seta Bassi