PSHE is taught as a timetabled lesson for all year groups as part of our Personal Development programme. A spiral approach to the curriculum is used whereby students revisit health, drugs, relationships and sex education throughout their time at OBHS. There is planned provision for activities such as debate, role-plays, personal reflection and co-operative games in PSHE sessions. Participation and progress is monitored through SMSC provision mapping using SMSC Gridmaker so that all students gain their entitlement to PSHE provision.

How is it organised and delivered?

    1. RSE is part of a planned, cohesive and coherent programme, delivered from Year 7 to Year 11. Students will receive RSE through lessons in the Personal Development Department. Some aspects are also addressed in Science (KS3 and KS4, and in other curricular areas including assemblies where appropriate).
    2. All students within the school have equal access to RSE. Topics are revisited in order to allow provision for previous absence and different levels of understanding and maturity. The programme allows teachers to adapt materials and approaches to suit students of different learning abilities.
    3. Teachers and all those contributing to RSE will work within an agreed values framework as set out in this policy and where appropriate receive training.
    4. We will work with external specialist organisations, consultants and healthcare professional to ensure our curriculum reflects current best practice.

The PSHE programme is reviewed annually, but will typically include:


    • Democracy
    • Liberties in the UK
    • Puberty and relationships
    • Festivals
    • Jesus
    • Religious leaders


    • Law and the justice system
    • Drugs and alcohol
    • Relationships and Sex Education
    • Islam
    • Journeys and pilgrimages
    • Signs and symbols


    • Money and finance
    • Mental health and wellbeing
    • Relationships and Sex Education
    • Basic First Aid
    • Rites of passage
    • End of life
    • Good and evil


    • Relationships and Sex Education
    • Mental Health
    • Study Skills and Well-Being
    • Identity and Diversity
    • Human Rights
    • Extremism and Radicalisation
    • Careers and Employability Skills


    • Relationships and Sex Education
    • Study Skills and Well-Being
    • Mental Health
    • Crime and Criminality
    • Post 16 Pathways


At OBHS we believe that our high-quality Relationships and Sex Education will stay with our pupils for life. RSE is not about encouraging teenagers to become sexually active nor is it about promoting any particular lifestyle of relationship choice. RSE is about providing pupils with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to make safe, healthy and informed relationship choices as young people and in the future as adults. RSE at OBHS is pioneering an innovative curriculum fit for the world our young people are living in. We believe in empowering our pupils to understand their bodies, to reflect on their relationship values and to be able to openly discuss relationships and sex. We believe that this approach will reduce the risk of unhealthy and abusive relationships. At OBHS we are committed to the important role that RSE plays in pupils’ holistic education and we aim to build on the RSE programmes covered in Primary School. The theme of consent underpins all our RSE workshops and modules. We introduce pupils to the importance of consent from Year 7 and this is revisited on a yearly basis and adapted to the age of each year group.

At OBHS our Relationships and Sex Education Programme seeks to:

    • Be age appropriate and differentiated to the needs of the pupils including SEN, autistic, visually impaired pupils and any other disabilities that require a bespoke curriculum
    • Present information in an objective, balanced and sensitive manner
    • Encourage the development of social skills and strategies, which will reduce the risk of exploitation, misunderstanding and abuse.
    • Be fully inclusive of all genders, sexual orientations, and all types of families (LGBT+ inclusive)
    • Develop a clear understanding of the importance of consent; how to give, withdraw, ask for and recognise consent
    • Reinforce the importance of loving relationships, rooted in mutual respect
    • Explore the skills needed for effective parenting and how to assess one’s readiness to be a parent
    • To represent all types of families and to explore the different methods for starting a family
    • To ensure that BAME, LGBT+ and people with disabilities are positively represented in our curriculum
    • Ensure pupils can identify the qualities of healthy and unhealthy relationships
    • Allow pupils to examine the physical and emotional implications of sexual behaviour and to explore the arguments for delaying sexual activity
    • Make pupils aware of how and where to seek help if they are in an unhealthy or abusive relationship
    • Prepare pupils for the journey from adolescence to adulthood
    • Provide pupils with a safe environment to learn about sexual orientation and gender identity, reinforcing the importance of mutual respect and tackling LGBT+ misconceptions, homophobia, transphobia, bi-phobia and gender stereotypes
    • Ensure that pupils have a clear understanding of sexual and reproductive biology, including knowledge of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases
    • Ensure pupils understand the different risks associated with various types of sexual activity and understand how to engage in safe sexual activity by exploring a range of contraception
    • Place paramount importance on online safety and the risks of using social media and the internet for sexual purposes

Please click here to view our Relationships and Sex Education Policy

If you would like further information about our PSHE programme please contact either Miss Wright (Lead Teacher of KS3 Personal Development) or Miss Taylor (Lead Teacher of KS4 Personal Development)


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