Relationship and Sex Education
At Bexhill Academy, Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) is of the utmost importance in developing our pupils’ knowledge and skills to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. Our PSHE education helps pupils to develop the skills and attributes they need to manage many of the critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up and in adulthood. By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, understanding healthy relationships and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, our children can tackle barriers to learning, raise their aspirations, and improve their life chances. The teaching of Fundamental British Values is woven into the full curriculum and lives in Bexhill’s ethos and values system.
As part of our high-quality PSHE scheme, Bexhill Academy has always aimed to deliver accurate, relevant and age-appropriate information about Relationships – one of the three core strands of PSHE and Citizenship (the other two being Health and Wellbeing and Living in the Wider World).
The term ‘relationships’ covers all relationships we, as humans, have with others – family members, friends, the relationships children have in school with their peers and members of staff. In a broad sense, Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) encompasses all interactions we have with others
Teaching children about the wonderful differences among humans has always been considered an important message in education at Bexhill Academy. Just as we want to encourage children to celebrate their many different talents, strengths, goals and dreams, at Bexhill Academy, we also aim to promote the celebration of diversity among cultures, religions and traditions. Celebrating diversity among family structures and relationships is exactly the same principal and a whole-school approach is vital.
Relationships and Sex Education will form a part of children’s learning about the world around them and how they interact with others. Like all areas of the curriculum, RSE will be taught objectively, without bias. At Bexhill Academy, children will not be taught to question their own gender identity but will become aware that we are all different and that our differences should never be a cause for fear, conflict or disrespect.
Further information about RSE at Bexhill Academy can be found in our RSE Policy