Healthy relationships programme
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 makes it compulsory for all schools in England to teach information about relationships alongside their duties to teach sex education and personal, social, health and economic education (PHSE.) The Act says pupils should learn about safety in forming and maintaining relationships, the characteristics of healthy relationships and how relationships may affect physical and mental health and wellbeing. Lessons should be appropriate to the age and religious background of the pupils.
WHAG surveyed schools in Rochdale, and all the schools that responded said they would like support with developing their curriculum.
We have since formed a partnership with Wardle Academy in Rochdale to develop a course of seven weekly hour-long lessons for students in year 9 (aged 13 and 14).
The core content is:
- WEEK ONE: What does a healthy relationship look like?
- WEEK TWO: Attraction and starting a relationship
- WEEK THREE: So now what? Taking things further
- WEEK FOUR: What the law says –the importance of consent
- WEEK FIVE: Doing it anyway – Contraception and safe sex
- WEEK SIX: Maintaining a relationship – what’s ‘normal?’
- WEEK SEVEN: Breaking up is hard to do
- FINAL SESSION: Evaluation and feedback
This core content was piloted with Wardle Academy and other schools in Rochdale in early 2018.
Following evaluation, this course will be available through UP, both as a stand-alone course and as the basis of a course that can then be tailored to meet the needs of different schools and age groups.
You will be able to deliver it yourself or UP will help you find an accredited trainer.
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