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The Shropshire Respect Yourself Relationship and Sex Education programme is a co-ordinated county wide approach for primary and secondary schools. The programme provides a comprehensive, spiral, cross phase scheme of work containing lesson plans, resources, assessment and teacher's guidance for year 1-11.

Curriculum overviews

RSE year 1-5 overview diagram

Secondary overview diagram

In 2012 the Shropshire Respect Yourself Relationship and Sex Education programme Year 6-11 won a national award. In 2014 the programme received the PSHE Association quality assurance kite mark and in 2015 the primary programme called Respect Yourself: Eat Better, Move More, RSE was a finalist for the national award. It addresses three key health issues in a imaginative way, providing materials to strengthen and develop home school partnership and ensure a whole school approach, including RSE guidance for governors and heads on teachers and parents concerns and how to address them, sample policy, parents leaflet and how to run a parents session.

Teachers, governors and heads receive high quality support, which they value, and young people have increased their knowledge, skill and confidence. Young people in Shropshire via the Members for Youth Parliament www.shropshireyouth.com elections have prioritised this work three consecutive years running. Young people have informed the approach and style of the programme via the Shropshire RSE pledge.

By January 2016, 19 out of 21 secondaries and 80% of primaries are engaged in preparing for or implementing the programme.

The work supports and delivers corporate and directorate objectives for Children and Young People, Health and Wellbeing. It has operational and strategic links with Safeguarding, Domestic Abuse, TaMHS and the Parenting Strategy. The work addresses and fulfills the recommendations made by the Education Select Committee in the "Life Lesson" report published in February 2015 as well as Ofsted's good practice 'Time to Change' and 'Not Yet Good Enough' reports.

Definition

The Shropshire programme puts the R before the S. We refer to RSE (Relationship and Sex Education); we place the emphasis on relationships, supporting pupils' understanding and skill in developing positive and healthy relationships. Our definition is based on the Ofsted 2002 recommendations "A caring and developmental RSE programme needs to be more than just biology and the fundamentals of reproduction. Children and young people want reassurance about how their body image, behaviour, feelings, and relationships. They also need knowledge and skills appropriate to their levels of maturity and developmental need."

The resources address the issues highlighted in the Supplementary Guidance to DfEE 'RSE for 21st century'.

"RSE is "learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationship, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. We believe the Shropshire programme fulfils the criteria for a comprehensive programme as it "provides accurate information about the body, reproduction, sex and sexual health. It gives children and young people essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful and non -exploitative relationships and staying safe both on and off line".

Comments and feedback

"We are in our third year. There have been significant changes and improvement in PSHE generally and RSE in particular. This was noted in our Ofsted inspection the overall effectiveness of PSHE is good, they have sound knowledge of sex and relationship education. Suitable schemes of work are in place - Shropshire Respect Yourself RSE programme with supporting materials for non-specialists teaching the subject. Student consultation has been well focussed to inform curriculum delivery and develop the RSE policy" - Life Skill Co-ordinator, secondary school.

This week we had the Kirkland Rowell survey results returned, students has rated PSHE fourth from the top in relation to quality of teaching and learning, before the Shropshire Respect Yourself programme was rated third from bottom. This means more than anything to me as it has come from the students themselves. This certainly wouldn't have been achieved without being involved in the County programme - PSHE Co-ordinator, secondary school.

At the start of the programme a presentation was made to the governing body's curriculum committee. Throughout a group of governors has been involved in monitoring progress. Reports have been made to the curriculum Committee and the full Governing body. An important element of the initial training was to involve the whole school staff in developing a whole school approach, underpinned by shared and agreed values. The whole school training was well received and had a positive impact on teaching within and beyond the RSE curriculum. The second phase involved the training of a specialist RSE team of teachers... Internal reviews of the PSHCE programme in general and the RSE programme in particular now highlights good levels of satisfaction with staff and students - Head, secondary school.

After the project had been delivered I had a very different perspective. I grew in confidence and knowledge as the project progressed and throughput enjoyed the sessions. Personally, I now feel more comfortable with teaching this subject, a scenario I would not have thought possible 12 months ago... This is now a key element of our whole school PSHE policy and I'd unreservedly recommend it to any other primary school - Deputy Head, primary school.

For further reflections from Shropshire school staff, please watch this short 5-minute video clip.


 

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