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Banovallum School


The PSHE curriculum aims to prepare pupils to take their place in society as responsible and risk-aware citizens. The curriculum has been carefully sequenced, considering age appropriateness, to provide pupils with knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and understandings, and to develop the resilience to know when to seek support and advice.

The PSHE curriculum is taught each week in a rolling one-hour lesson (to minimise disruption to other subjects). Each year group will have a team of teachers who will deliver relevant, age-appropriate content.

There are five areas covered in the curriculum:

  • Families
  • Respectful relationships, including friendships
  • Online and media
  • Being safe
  • Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health

In addition to the above, we will also teach additional content that will help students in the wider world, such as basic first aid and financial skills. Each term will have the same theme for all year groups but with different content.

The three themes are:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Living in the wider world
  • Relationships

Right of withdrawal

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the [non-statutory/non-science] components of RSE up to and until three terms before the child turns 16. After this point, if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than being withdrawn, the school will arrange this.

Requests for withdrawal should be put in writing using the form found here and addressed to the Headteacher. A copy of withdrawal requests will be placed in the pupil’s educational record. The Headteacher will discuss the request with parents and take appropriate action.