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Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)

What is RSE? Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health.

Why is RSE important? RSE equips students with the information, skills and values to have safe, fulfilling and enjoyable relationships and to take responsibility for their sexual health and well-being. It should help students to learn to respect themselves and others and move with confidence from childhood through adolescence into adulthood.

At Turing House we deliver RSE through PHSE lessons, Assemblies, Tutor Time and lesson time. External visitors such as the School Nurse may visit to deliver specific topics and facilitate discussions. We encourage students and teachers to share and respect each other’s views and generate an atmosphere where questions and discussion on sexual matters can take place without any stigma or embarrassment. 

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Year by Year

RSE topics are introduced and revisited throughout the students' school years. This enables students to reflect and teachers to go into more subject depth as the students mature.

Year 7

Students will focus on settling in. This explores relationships with their peers and adults they come into contact with. They work on friendships and self-esteem. Online safety is introduced. Students learn about looking after their bodies during puberty including managing personal hygiene and menstruation. The topic of Femal Genital Mutilation (FGM) is covered. Students look at healthy lifestyles, in particular what is healthy eating and how they can maintain this.

Topics include: Friendship; Relationships; Self-esteem/respect; Health Eating; Dental health; E-Safety; Puberty; Menstruation; Child Sexual Exploitation; FGM.

More detailed information is available here.

Year 8

Students focus on families and different family structures. This covers parents, separation, divorce and how to deal with it. It also includes domestic violence. Students explore growing up in particular looking at how puberty may affect them physically and emotionally. We continue with E-Safety with a focus on child sexual exploitation (CSE) so that students can recognise when pressure from others threatens their personal safety and wellbeing.

Topics include: Relationships; Divorce/Separation; Domestic Violence; Self-esteem/respect; E-Safety; CSE; Predatory behaviour; Puberty; Personal safety, Emotional Literacy, Social Media, Digital Footprints, Body Shaming, Consent, Same Sex Marriage, Domestic Violence, Sexting

More detailed information is available here.

Year 9

Students will look at body image, peer pressure, eating disorders and assertiveness in relation to managing conflict and crime. Sexual orientation is discussed as part of the ongoing relationships education, which will also include homophobia, hate crime and discrimination. The topic of safe sex is introduced along with contraception options and sexually transmitted infections. The potential impact of pornography on teenage relationships is also discussed. Respecting others and the subject of consent is covered in more detail, building on knowledge from year 8.

More detailed information is available here.

Years 10-13

Click here for information on the Year 10-13 RSE content


Further Information

We recognise that Parents are the key people in teaching their children about sex, relationships and growing up. You may find the following resources helpful when talking to your children about the topics they have covered. 

What questions might a Key Stage 3 student have about Relationships and Sex?

The Sex Education Forum provides useful information about SRE for parents of 11 to 13 year olds. At this age most young people will be entering puberty and will be interested in hormones, how they will be affected by them, the menstrual cycle, wet dreams, erections, fertility, pregnancy - how it can be avoided, and safer sex. They may also be wondering if their physical development is 'normal'. They will want to know about the difference between sexual attraction and love and whether it is normal to be attracted or in love with someone of the same gender. Young people will be asking questions about relationships, when is the right time to have sex, how to avoid pressure and where they can get more information if they need it, including the best websites, confidential services etc. 


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