Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Policy
To embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, pupils need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships. Pupils can also put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. RSE education can support young people to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support.
High-quality and age-appropriate teaching of these subjects can help prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. They can also enable schools to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, at school and in society.
The Relationships Education (RE), RSE and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019, made under sections 34 and 35 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017, make RSE compulsory for all pupils receiving secondary education.
Parents have the right to withdraw pupils from SE (but not from relationships education RE). If a pupil requests to receive the full RSE provision from the beginning of the term that he turns 15, the school will ensure that it is provided.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The aim of the Manchester Mesivta RSE programme is to equip pupils with the information, skills and values they need to:
· Help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships
· Know what a healthy relationship looks like
· Recognise what makes a committed relationship
· Differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in relationships
· Understand the positive effects that good relationships have on their mental wellbeing
· Understand how to manage a relationship that isn’t right
· Build their self-esteem and understand the reasons for delaying entering into an intimate relationship
· Develop a safe, fulfilling and healthy intimate relationship at the appropriate time
· Make safe, informed and healthy choices as they progress through adult life
· Cultivate resilience and character traits such as belief in achieving goals and persevering with tasks
· Attain personal attributes such as honesty, integrity, courage, humility, kindness, generosity, trustworthiness and a sense of justice
· Have an appreciation and understanding of self-respect and self-worth
· Be clear on their rights and responsibilities as citizens
· Explore the features of stable and healthy relationships in a variety of lawful settings
· Understand the issues of grooming, exploitation, domestic abuse, honour-based violence
· Know the rules and principles for keeping safe online
· Be aware of the legal position of LGBT relationships and all aspects of the Equality Act 2010.
ETHOS OF THE SCHOOL
The Orthodox Jewish ethos of the school will cause the vast majority parents to want to withdraw their children from all SE, as is their entitlement. To avoid complications, the scheme of work will clarify what will be taught under RE and what will be taught as SE. If a parent only wishes to withdraw a child from certain elements of the SE, then the school will make provision for the child to be taught those elements of SE that the parents are happy for their child to be taught. See the RSE Scheme of Work for further details.
MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT
The effectiveness of the school’s RSE will be monitored on an ongoing basis by the Senior Leadership Team. The lead personnel for RSE are Rabbi Sulzbacher, Rabbi Bennaroch (the school’s SENCO and Designated Safeguarding Lead) and Mr Denderowitcz (Deputy DSL and Pastoral Lead). The lead governor for RSE is Mr Dolties.
The school’s provision for RSE will be assessed on an annual basis at the staff INSET at the beginning of the spring term, and at the first meeting of the Governing Board during that term.
SEND pupils will be fully integrated into the programme of RSE. The teaching of this subject will be sensitive to the individual needs of all pupils in the class, to avoid stereotyping, to prevent any possible embarrassment to SEND pupils, and to ensure that there is no discrimination towards any of the protected characteristics, as defined in the Equality Act 2010.
This policy and the accompanying scheme of work were developed by the Senior Leadership Team of the school, in consultation with the school governors and with the teaching staff. There was also engagement with parents, who were invited to comment on the draft plans for this policy and scheme of work. Many of their comments have been integrated into this policy. This policy will be reviewed at the beginning of every academic year.
This Policy was adopted at a meeting on Manchester Mesivta held on 30th August 2021