Children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and they need to know how to be safe and healthy. Relationship, sex and health education (RSHE) helps them embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life. These subjects support children and young people to develop healthy relationships, and to keep themselves and others safe, both on and offline.

At Stoke Newington School, our PPP curriculum builds on the knowledge acquired at primary and develops pupils’ understanding of health, with an increased focus on risk areas such as drugs and alcohol, as well as introducing knowledge about intimate relationships and sex and how to have positive and healthy sexual relationships.

The relationships, sex and health education guidance sets out the legal duties schools must comply with when teaching RSE and RSHE, as well as setting out some more detailed expectations of school, including teaching these subjects in an age appropriate way.

Supporting young people in relationships at school is crucial for their emotional well-being and development. Here are some key ways to provide support:

  • Foster open communication: Encourage young people to express their thoughts, feelings, and concerns openly. Create a safe space where they feel comfortable discussing their relationships.

  • Promote healthy boundaries: Teach them about consent, respect, and the importance of setting boundaries in relationships. Help them understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy dynamics.

  • Provide guidance: Offer advice on resolving conflicts, communicating effectively, and making responsible choices. Help them navigate the complexities of relationships.

  • Be an active listener: Give young people your undivided attention when they seek support or share their experiences. Validate their emotions and provide non-judgmental guidance.

  • Encourage independence: Empower them to make their own decisions and learn from their experiences. Offer guidance, but allow them to take ownership of their relationships.

By offering a supportive and understanding environment, we can help young people navigate relationships in a healthy and informed manner, fostering their emotional growth and well-being.