RSHE at Barnehurst
At the Federation of Barnehurst Schools, good relationships are fundamental to our ethos and our success in being a happy, caring and safe school. Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) is lifelong learning about relationships, emotions, looking after ourselves, different families, sex, sexuality and sexual health. We aim for the children in our school to acquire the appropriate knowledge, develop their skills and form positive beliefs, values and attitudes. RSHE has a key part to play in the personal, social, moral and spiritual development of young people.
The RSHE curriculum is divided in the curriculum connectors which span from the Early Years Foundation stage into Upper Key Stage Two. These curriculum connectors allow children to progress through the key concepts and build on prior knowledge.
Children are taught by familiar adults who they have a good rapport with, in order to facilitate constructive and supportive discussions around sensitive topics in a safe and secure environment. Staff have received in-house CPD to support them in responding to the needs of the individual child and support children with any questions or concerns they may have. If staff feel uncomfortable or unsure when delivering the RSHE curriculum or dealing with individual pupil needs, they know where to seek advice and support. The RSHE curriculum has been mapped out clearly in the progression curriculum connectors and building blocks which ensure coverage of all of the statutory elements by the end of the primary phase; these are delivered at the appropriate stage for our children. Our high expectations of behaviour, interpersonal relationships, respect and tolerance of others reflect the British Values upheld in both our community and the wider world. Through our rigorous and progressive curriculum, children develop key skills and are prepared for the wider world beyond primary school, a world in which they can keep themselves safe and healthy and thrive with the support of the positive relationships they forge with those around them.
Assemblies provide further opportunities to explore RHSE themes, enabling children to grasp a deepening understanding of subjects. These are closely linked to the school values and allow children to explore the values for themselves and within the wider world.
The impact of our curriculum offer will be that the standards of attainment across the school will meet or exceed those which are expected of our children nationally. We continuously assess the implementation and impact of our RSHE curriculum in order to achieve the highest outcomes possible across all year groups and ensure we provide the support that is necessary for all children to have a good understanding of the complexities of relationships and sexual matters and a secure knowledge and skills base to navigate their way through these, now and in the future. Through our RSHE curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become confident individuals who have positive body awareness, an in-depth knowledge of how to keep themselves safe and healthy and who will, through respect, tolerance and understanding, forge and maintain positive relationships with a diverse range of family and friendship groups.