Relationships, Sex and Health Education

Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)

RSHE is the lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of marriage and family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health.

RSHE at Bluecoat Aspley Academy offers students the opportunity to develop the understanding, knowledge and skills they need to achieve and exceed, to be resilient and to lead safe, happy and healthy lives. It aims to help students understand how they are developing personally, socially and emotionally and explore a range of attitudes and values.

Our programme of study follows the statutory guidance for Relationships and Sex Education and Mental Health and Wellbeing from September 2020.  It includes topics such as: bullying, crime, cultural diversity, drug and alcohol education, healthy eating, online safety, road safety awareness, prejudice, social & emotional health, wellbeing, sex & relationships and peer pressure.

Each year group is allocated 1 day off timetable per academic year to really engage with these vital and relevant issues.  Our RSHE ‘drop down days’ are led by teachers, professionals and external providers, giving students a safe and personalised learning environment to practice and develop the skills necessary to manage the moral, social and cultural challenges and responsibilities that are part of growing up and living in our world.

All students will also be taught RSHE through form time.  Students have 30 minutes once a week dedicated to RSHE topics, taught to them by their usual form tutor.  This will give students the opportunity to discuss and engage with important issues, such as mental health, terrorism, exercise, online safety, growing up and democracy.

An overview of the topics covered here at Bluecoat Aspley can be found below.

Consultation with Parents

In 2020, we officially consulted parents with our RSHE curriculum and asked for feedback on the resources and curriculum map we would be using.

We would like this to be an ongoing process of discussion between parents and school leaders. Therefore, if you have any worries or concerns about the topics we cover, or seek to find more information, please do get in touch at

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Parental Right to Withdraw:

Taken from the link to the right: FAQs

Q: Do I have a right to withdraw my child from Relationships and Sex Education?

A: Parents will continue to have a right to request to withdraw their child from sex education delivered as part of RSE in secondary schools which, unless there are exceptional circumstances, should be granted up to three terms before their child turns 16. At this point, if the child themselves wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school should make arrangements for this to happen in one of the three terms before the child turns 16 – the legal age of sexual consent.

There is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education at primary or secondary as we believe the contents of these subjects – such as family, friendship, safety (including online safety) – are important for all children to be taught.

For more information on withdrawing your child, please contact your child’s year leader and send a formal request for withdrawal to:

The Parents’ Guide To… ‘Relationships and Sex Education’

This article takes a close look into what is covered in RSHE, why it’s important and how parents can support their teen at home by providing a safe place for them to talk about things they may be struggling to understand. It’s available here

Statutory Guidance from the Department for Education: Relationships, Sex and Health Education

To find out more, click here

Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education: FAQs

To find out more, click document below.

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External Providers

At Bluecoat Aspley, we believe it is extremely important for our students to receive the most up to date information in RSHE. For this reason, we aspire to collaborate with out external partners, wherever possible, to assist in our delivery of high-quality RSHE. We have listed our external providers and experts below.

Contact Us

Bluecoat Aspley Academy
Aspley Lane

Tel: 0115 929 7445

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