One In A Million Free School is committed to ensuring that all students access a curriculum, which equips them with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of the PSHE/RSE curriculum is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter.
In an increasingly complex world, children and young people need to know the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy, both physically and mentally, including risk areas such as drugs and alcohol, as well as introducing knowledge about intimate relationships and sex. These subjects represent a huge opportunity to help our children and young people develop. The knowledge and attributes gained will support their own, and others’, wellbeing and attainment and help young people to become successful and happy adults who make meaningful contributions to society.
RSE will be delivered as part of the school’s PSHE programme.
The aims of relationships and sex education (RSE) at OIAMFS are to:
- Enable students to learn about what makes healthy relationships, including with family, friends and online, how to recognise unhealthy behaviours in relationships and how to seek help if they feel unsafe.
- Support students to develop self-respect, confidence and empathy.
- Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place.
- Prepare students for puberty and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene.
- Teach students the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies.
Teaching will be age appropriate and will respect the diversity of families and faith in our community. The RSE Curriculum at OIAM is not about the promotion of sexual activity.
Delivery of RSE
RSE will be inclusive for all students, sensitive to all family and faith backgrounds and students’ own identities. It will be respectful of all protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. Protected characteristics are age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity. The OIAM environment reflects, values and celebrates the diversity of our community.
Across all key stages, students will be supported with developing the following skills:
- Communication skills
- Forming positive relationships including self-respect as well as respect and empathy for others
- Recognising and assessing potential risks in order to stay safe
- Assertiveness and managing conflict and difficult emotions
Skills and knowledge will be taught in an age-appropriate way. Teaching methods are a combination of sharing information, facilitating discussions and exploring issues and values. Lessons will be delivered either by teaching staff within lessons or assemblies, by coaching team leaders through a PSHE programme or by expert outside agencies via drop down days or smaller group sessions.
The topics delivered, schemes of work and resources, will at all time be in line with government and local authority guidelines.