Sex Education & MENTAL HEALTH
Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) is about the emotional, social and cultural development of students. It involves learning about good relationships including coercive and controlling behaviour and consent; the law; sexual health; sexuality and gender identification; diversity; and safe and healthy lifestyles and behaviour. RSE is not about the promotion of sexual activity.
The aims of RSE at The Kibworth School are: to provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place; to help students through puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene; to help students develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy; to create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships; to teach students the correct vocabulary; to provide an awareness of appropriate and inappropriate behaviours; and to appreciate the associated biological aspects of a healthy sexual relationship.
RSE is designed to enable students to live happy and successful lives. Research shows that teaching young people about sex does not encourage experimentation. It also shows that they are more likely to delay starting to have sex, and are more likely to protect themselves when they do. Nevertheless parents have the right to withdraw their children from the non-statutory components of RSE. (Those parts of SRE which are delivered as part of the national curriculum for Science are compulsory. Requests for withdrawal should be put in writing and addressed to the headteacher.
It also involves the development of a wide range of skills – communication; assertiveness; recognition and assessment of risk; self-respect; empathy; informed and healthy decision-making; a healthy lifestyle; managing conflict; and seeking help and support when required. These skills are visible across all subjects as part of a whole school ethos. They are precisely the skills that should help to foster good mental health in the school as a whole.