At Hill View Academy, Relationship, Social and Health Education (RSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society.

It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

At Hill View Academy we deliver the RSHE curriculum by utilising first hand experience and sharing good practice. However, we are aware that the delivered curriculum must reflect the needs of our pupils and the community we serve. Teachers deliver an RSHE curriculum to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. We believe that the purpose of RSHE education is to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: ie, drug education, financial education, citizenship, personal safety, relationship and sex education (RSE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.

At Hill View Academy we believe that RSHE plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught at least weekly as per the Department of Education (DFE) guidelines. The curriculum follows a spiral cycle, allowing to children to revisit learning and topics in order to build on the skills that are essential to their safety and development. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of RSHE, RSE and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) is taught in their year group. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach RSHE as a result of an issue arisen in their own class and this is done in collaboration with ‘coaching sessions’. Coaching sessions take place three times per week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) and focus on a restorative practice approach in order to improve and repair relationships between children and adults.

RSHE is integral to the development of children values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. RSHE is an important part of school assemblies were children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.

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