At Coopers Lane, we start our PSHE journey in Nursery where we learn about ourselves and the world around us. Learning through play allows us to take risks, make mistakes and teaches us how to socialise with others so that we can make lifelong friends. As we progress through the school, we learn about three main topics: relationships, health and wellbeing and living in the wider world. We are encouraged to question the world around us and are inspired to be the best version of ourselves.
When you walk into a PSHE lesson, you will see a safe environment where we feel as though we can express our own views while respecting the views of others. The topics we cover in PSHE ignite a passion within us to care for others and to learn how to keep ourselves and others safe. We are a Gold Rights Respecting school which means that we know and learn about our rights and are encouraged to speak out when the rights of ourselves and others are not met.
At Coopers Lane, we view PSHE as an essential part of our curriculum. It is a safe space where we can learn about key life skills such as saving money, the impact of social media, how to improve our metal health and basic first aid. Our PSHE learning journey means that when we leave Coopers Lane, we are well-rounded, passionate and caring young people. Most importantly, we learn that we can be whoever we want to be because we are all different, all equal, all smiling.
“If you’re lucky enough to be different, don’t ever change.”
– Taylor Swift
RHSE (Relationships, Health and Sex Education)
Relationships, Health and Sex Education is about the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils, and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity.
The curriculum involves a combination of sharing information, and exploring issues and values. We hope to prevent and remove prejudice, fostering gender equality and LGBT+ equality.
Pupils will be taught about the nature and importance of secure relationships for family life and bringing up children, understanding that there are strong and mutually supportive relationships outside of marriage. We try to ensure that no stigma is placed on children based on their home circumstances.
RHSE should contribute to promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and within society, thus preparing them for the responsibilities and experiences of adult life. We view the partnership of home and school as vital in providing a context.
RHSE is not about the promotion of sexual activity.
High quality Relationships, Health & Sex Education (RHSE) is every child’s right, no matter what their level of need or ability. We ensure RHSE is inclusive and meets the needs of all our pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Relationships Education should be a priority for pupils, especially those with social, emotional and mental health needs or learning disabilities. With RHSE at the heart of the school’s PSHE curriculum it has the power to respond to these challenges, so it is essential that RHSE is a developmental programme of teaching for all, across all years. Introducing consistent vocabulary in relation to toileting and personal care, with euphemisms avoided, and also taking everyday opportunities to teach about consent and personal space will benefit all pupils. There are clear links between RHSE and safeguarding, equality, anti-bullying and behaviour policies, and our school values.
- RHSE curriculum overview
- RHSE policy
- Parent request form to withdraw child from sex education lessons