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RSHE Policy

A change in statutory guidance from September 2020 meant that all Secondary schools were required to teach pupils Relationships, Sex and Health Education. Here at Cambourne Village College, we have been teaching the required content for some time as part of our PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) lessons as we know the importance of building this knowledge with pupils throughout their studies. PSHE is the curriculum subject that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential and RSHE is an important element of this.

We view RSHE education as a partnership between home and school, providing the opportunity for pupils to learn about relationships, sex and health education in safe environments, leading them to be able to understand and foster healthy relationships. Effective RSHE has been shown to not encourage early sexual experimentation. It teaches young people to understand human sexuality and to respect themselves and others. It enables young people to mature, to build their confidence and self-esteem and to understand the reasons for delaying sexual activity. Effective RSHE also supports people throughout life to develop safe, fulfilling and healthy sexual relationships, at the appropriate time.

RSHE is a large topic: RSHE includes learning about families, respectful relationships (including friendships), online and media, being safe and intimate and sexual relationships (including sexual health), mental health, internet safety, healthy lifestyles, drugs, first aid and puberty.

We very much appreciate the feedback and suggestions that we were given as part of the parent consultation which contributed to our RSHE policy. If you would like to read our RSHE policy, please find the link below as well as a selection of sample RSHE lessons for different year groups. Similarly, if you would like to see more detail about the PSHE curriculum for this academic year please see the plan on the PSHE page of the website. 

If you have any questions about our RSHE policy and lessons or PSHE in general, please contact Mrs Lucy Durrant-


RSHE Policy

RSHE Content by Year Group

Year 7

  • PANTS/consent (NSPCC campaign designed to help children understand boundaries and consent)
  • Well-being; self-worth; mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Healthy lifestyles, hygiene, and menstrual cycles.

Year 9

  • Families/ parenting/ long-term relationships
  • Gender, identity, and sexuality
  • Forming relationships
  • Sexual health, contraception and STIs
  • RSHE and the 21st Century teenagers
  • Fertility, pregnancy and sanitary items
  • FGM, CSE and breast ironing
  • Domestic abuse: myths and realities

Year 10

  • Sexual violence, harassment and physical abuse