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Relationships, Health and Community Curriculum Overview

The Relationships, Health and Community strand of the PD programme has been refreshed in response to statutory guidance from the Department for Education on Relationships, Health and Sex Education (RSHE), as well as feedback from students, parents, carers and academy staff.  Its primary goal is to equip students with the knowledge to create and maintain positive and healthy relationships in all aspects of their lives. Sessions on trust, connections with others and expressing emotions support students in their ongoing relationships with family and friends and those on romantic and sexual attraction, intimate relationships and consent prepare students for new types of relationships they may be exposed to as they progress through their lives.  

At Ruskin, we aim to give students the information they need to make good decisions about their own health, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise. Topics such as mental and physical health, drugs, alcohol and tobacco, and the changing adolescent body are covered in lessons. 

Students are offered expert advice on all aspects of their personal health including self-examination, dental health and the importance of sleep.   The aim is for the academy to develop students’ confidence, resilience and knowledge so that they can keep themselves mentally heathy.