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The Wells Academy

RSE Relationships & Sexual Education

At The Wells Academy, we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme. The PSHE curriculum gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives, to be respectful members of society and to meet their full potential.

By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem and empathy, we aim to ensure our programme will tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of all of our pupils. PSHE education also helps pupils to develop skills and aptitudes - like teamwork, communication, and resilience, which are crucial to navigating the challenges and opportunities of the modern world and are increasingly valued by employers.

We teach PSHE in every year group during tutor time, assemblies and PSHE drop down sessions. Delivery and content is monitored and reviewed regularly by staff and our Academy Council. All PSHE teaching takes place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our school mission and values. Most importantly, our PSHE programme is tailored to suit the needs of our learners within the context of our community.

There are many elements that are taught under the PSHE umbrella; these are:

  • Relationship, Sex, Health Education (RSHE)
  • Careers and Employability skills
  • Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) elements
  • Modern British Values

Please explore this PSHE page for more information on the curriculum content.

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (RSHE) Consultation 

From September 2020, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) will become statutory in all secondary schools in England.  As part of our work to ensure that we are meeting this requirement, we would like to give you some information about what exactly we are expected to deliver to our pupils.  We would also like to give you as parents and carers an opportunity to feed into this area of education through our online consultation process.  

What is changing? 

From 2020, the following subjects will become compulsory in applicable schools in England: 

  • Relationship and Sex Education in secondary schools 
  • Health Education in state funded secondary schools 

These subjects will support all young people to be happy, healthy and safe, equipping them for life as an adult in British society. 

Some parts of the new curriculum, as with the current curriculum, are compulsory. These are part of the national curriculum for science. 

This is set out in the Department for Education's (DfE) guidance, which will replace the current SRE guidance. (use NGA’s links to websites here)


Why is it changing? 

The DfE included in their Impact Assessment report on RSE (2019) that incorporating RSE as part of the compulsory curriculum has a great number of benefits for the students. 

On the one hand, young people will have more information available to them, which will enable them to make informed choices. The new changes will mean that young people will be able to access an RSE provision that is “planned, age-appropriate and developmental” (DfE, 2019) regardless of the school they attend.  

There is evidence in research that suggests that Relationships and Sex Education can help students make informed decisions to keep themselves safe when it comes to recognising sexual abuse or using contraception and it can potentially result in delaying the age of first intercourse (DfE, 2019). 

You can see this evidence on the following graph created by the Sex Education Forum which analyses the results of the latest Natsal survey:

For more information on this, you can visit:  


Changes to the right to withdraw: 

Parents/carers will have the right to withdraw their child from part or all of the sex education delivered as part of RSE.  When the new requirements come into place, parents/carers can do this until 3 terms before their child turns 16. After that, it will be the child's decision.  Currently, the SRE guidance does not set any age limit for withdrawing a child from sex education. 

Parents cannot withdraw their child from the Relationships or Health education part of RSHE nor from the sex education elements of the Science curriculum.  

If a pupil is withdrawn, it will be the Academy’s responsibility to ensure they receive appropriate, purposeful education during the withdrawal period. 

To view the RHSE Policy in detail please go to our policies page here