Government guidelines outline that, from the age of 11, it is compulsory for all schools to provide an RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) and health education curriculum. Queensbury Academy understands its obligation to provide effective and up-to-date RSE for its pupils, in accordance with the Department for Education RSE Guidance (July 2000), the Education Act 1996 (sections 403 and 405), the Education Act (2002) and the House of Commons briefing paper RSE in Schools (no. 0613, December 2015).
Queensbury Academy is aware that children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.
The aim of RSE is to give young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships. It should enable them to know what a healthy relationship looks like and what makes a good friend, a good colleague and a successful marriage, civil partnership or other type of committed relationship. It should also cover contraception, developing intimate relationships and resisting pressure to have sex (and not applying pressure). It should teach what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in relationships. This will help students understand the positive effects that good relationships have on their mental wellbeing, identify when relationships are not right and understand how such situations can be managed.
Alongside being taught intimate relationships, students will also be taught about family relationships, friendships and other kinds of relationships that are an equally important part of becoming a successful and happy adult.
Teaching of RSE at Queensbury Academy will enable students:
• to distinguish between content and experiences that exemplify healthy relationships and those that are distorted or harmful;
· to understand the benefits of healthy relationships to their mental wellbeing and self-respect and to understand that unhealthy relationships can have a lasting, negative impact on mental wellbeing;
• to believe they can achieve goals and that in order to achieve those goals they
must stick at the tasks despite the challenges they may face;
• to be taught the facts and the law about sex, sexuality, sexual health and gender identity in an age-appropriate and inclusive way;
• to recognise when relationships (including family relationships) are unhealthy or abusive (including the unacceptability of neglect, emotional, sexual and physical abuse and violence including honour-based violence and forced marriage) and strategies to manage this or access support for themselves or others at risk;
• to recognise risks, harmful content and contact, and how and when to report issues to keep them safe online;
• to, within the law, be well equipped to make decisions for themselves about how to live their own lives in the future, whilst respecting the right of others to make their own decisions and hold their own beliefs.
“RSE is lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality, and sexual health.” (Sex and Relationships Education Guidance, DfE 0116/2000)
Queensbury Academy places a high importance on creating a supportive and secure environment
where students can develop the confidence needed to talk, listen and think about relationships,
change and sex. In order to do this, teachers will:
1. Establish clear rules
2. Emphasise the importance of mutual respect
3. Require no open disclosures in a class setting
4. Use distancing techniques
5. Where necessary, provide for anonymity so that students can ask the questions they need to ask (eg. using a question box)
Queensbury Academy will draw on a range of teaching methods appropriate to a particular age
group in order to encourage the exploration of attitudes, values and beliefs, and in order to
All RSE teachers will be clear about the boundaries of confidentiality and about where students
can go for further information, advice and support.
*** Further information about SRE can be found on the links below.