The status of RE and RHSE in the National Curriculum are slightly different from the other compulsory subjects; although they are referred to, they do not have the same universal delivery in schools. RE follows a locally-agreed syllabus and RSHE will become statutory from September 2021, but each school has its own version which has been consulted on with teachers, parents, carers and governors, based on nationally agreed guidelines. The new RHSE programme at Worstead began in September 2020 and takes in previous elements of PSHE, Sex Education and Relationships Education.
Worstead is a Church of England Voluntary Aided School. This means that the quality of children's learning in RE is scrutinised just as closely as that in English and maths in a SIAMS inspection.
RSHE is learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health in an age and stage appropriate manner. It will equip children and young people with accurate information, positive values and the skills to enjoy healthy, safe and positive relationships, within which they value their sexuality and take responsibility for their health and wellbeing both now and in the future. We recognise the importance of RSHE in preparing children and young people to live safe, fulfilled and healthy lives.
The objective of RSHE is to support children and young people through a journey of physical, emotional and moral development, through the teaching of essential knowledge, skills and values within the framework of the law, relevant provisions of the Equality Act, 2010 and through opportunities to learn about Christian perspectives on relationships and sex.
Effective RSHE can make a significant contribution to the development of personal skills needed by pupils to establish and maintain relationships. RSHE will ensure children and young people are encouraged to understand the importance of stable, loving relationships, respect, love, and care in line with our Christian values. It also enables young people to make responsible and informed decisions about their health and wellbeing. RSHE will be approached through evidence-based, best practice principles to ensure the highest impact on improving pupil health, wellbeing, safeguarding and lifelong outcomes.