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PSHE and Statutory RSE

KS3 PSHE Curriculum

At Ruskin, we aim to promote personal wellbeing, and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education.  The PSHE curriculum gives children and young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future and fully support The Priory Federation of Academies Trust goal to create true citizens of the world. The Key Stage 3 Curriculum gives a solid foundation for students to continue with their PD Curriculum and RSE within KS4 and KS5.


RSE Curriculum: Statement of Intent

The overarching intent of the curriculum at Ruskin is that Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) should be an integral part of lifelong learning to allow students to make responsible and well-informed decisions in their lives.  We aim to help students understand about the importance of family life, stable and loving relationships and respect for others, love and care.

Through RSE and health education we believe that the Academy should actively promote students’ spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development both in the academy and in wider society. 

In addition, the RSE curriculum should:

  • Provide students with high-quality, evidence and age-appropriate teaching of these subjects. 
  • Be an entitlement for all young people.
  • Be set within a context that supports family commitment and love, respect and affection, knowledge and openness.
  • Encourage students and teachers to share and respect each other’s views.
  • Generate an atmosphere where questions and discussion on sexual matters can take place without any stigma or embarrassment.
  • Recognise that parents/carers are the key people in teaching their children about sex, relationships and growing up, and that staff should work in partnership with parents/carers and students, consulting them about the content of programmes; and
  • Recognise the contribution made by health professionals, social workers, peer educators and other mentors or advisers.