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Relationships, Sex and Health Education

From September 2020 the teaching of Relationships, Sex and Health Education has been compulsory in all schools, putting in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships of all kinds. This curriculum teaches children about good physical health and mental wellbeing, how to be safe on and offline, and the importance of sexual health and healthy relationships.

By making health education compulsory we will ensure pupils are taught about the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, what determines their physical health and how to build mental resilience and wellbeing. It will also make sure children and young people learn how to recognise when they and others are struggling with mental health and how to respond.

Religious Education

Religious Education is taught within Social Studies at Colne Valley High School which is taught one hour a week to Key Stage 3 and one hour a fortnight to Key Stage 4. One third of the year will be taught through purely RE units, within other units introducing religious ideas. Religious Education at Colne Valley High School helps students to understand both key Philosophical questions, understanding religious viewpoints as well as their own, such as ‘How was the world created?’, ‘Is there a God’ and ‘Is abortion ever right?’. Students are given an excellent opportunity within their Religious Education lessons to understand the different beliefs in the world around them, both by looking at different religious beliefs from the key 6 to smaller alternative religions and by understanding religious views on thematic topics.


If anyone has any further questions or queries please contact Mrs B Murray, Curriculum Lead via email, 


Please see the below link for the statutory guidance:

Statutory guidance for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

Please see the below link for the 'guide for parents':

RSE Secondary Schools - Guide for Parents

Please see the below link for our draft policy:

Relationships, Sex and Health Education Policy - Updated Autumn 2023

Please see below for the curriculum plans:

Relationships, Sex and Health Curriculum

Physical Health and Mental Health Curriculum 

Social Studies Curriculum Map

Letter to parents 29th September 2023 - Content awareness

Please see below for current knowledge organisers:

Year 7 

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Please see below for the curriculum intent document: 

Social Studies Curriculum Intent

Please see below for the RSHE Consultation Presentation: 

RSHE Consultation Presentation