Unsworth AcademyPSHE & RSE
PSHE & RSE at Unsworth Academy.
PSHE (Personal Social Health Education) is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programs have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. A growing body of research shows that pupils who are emotionally healthy do better at school. PSHE education helps children and young people to achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling issues that can affect their ability to learn, such as anxiety and unhealthy relationships.
Initially, PSHE was a small subject, often ‘touched’ on possibly a few times a year or if you were lucky once a week in form time. At Unsworth Academy PSHE lessons have been built into the timetable and consequently, dedicated age appropriate classroom lessons are taught once a week for years 7-9 and once a fortnight for years 10 and 11.
Relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education
Schools are required to teach RSE if they are to meet the statutory requirements.
The aim of RSE is to give young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships. It should enable them to know what a healthy relationship looks like and what makes a good friend, a good colleague and a successful marriage or other type of committed relationship. It should also cover contraception, intimate relationships and acceptable / unacceptable behaviours in relations.
Effective RSE does not encourage early sexual experimentation. It should teach young people to understand human sexuality and to respect themselves and others. It enables young people to mature, build their confidence and self-esteem and understand the reasons for delaying sexual activity. Effective RSE also supports people, throughout life, to develop safe, fulfilling and healthy sexual relationships, at the appropriate time.
Knowledge about safer sex and sexual health remains important to ensure that young people are equipped to make safe, informed and healthy choices as they progress through adult life. This should be delivered in a non-judgemental, factual way and allow scope for young people to ask questions in a safe environment. Many teachers use approaches such as distancing techniques, setting ground rules with the class to help manage sensitive discussion and using question boxes to allow pupils to raise issues anonymously.
Pupils should understand the benefits of healthy relationships to their mental wellbeing and self-respect. Through gaining the knowledge of what a healthy relationship is like, they can be empowered to identify when relationships are unhealthy. They should be taught that unhealthy relationships can have a lasting, negative impact on mental wellbeing.
For more information on government guidelines from the department for education go to:-
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) (Secondary) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
GCSE Results 2020
EBacc Average Points Score
Grade 5 or above in English & Maths GCSE
Maths 4+ (Standard Pass)
Progress 8 Score
Attainment 8 Score
% Staying in Education or Entering Employment
English 4+ (Standard Pass)
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Location: Unsworth Academy, Parr Lane, Bury. BL9 8LP
Telephone: 0161 796 9820
For general enquiries please ask for Miss Charlotte Allen, Operations Manager
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