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RSE & Health Education

From September 2020, statutory guidance relating to Relationships Education, Relationship (RSE) and Health Education was introduced. Government guidance on Relationships Education, Relationship (RSE) and Health Education at: 

The RSE and Health Education policy for Winifred Holtby Academy can be accessed below:


Relationships Education, Relationship (RSE)

By the end of secondary school:

Schools should continue to develop knowledge on topics specified for the primary RSE curriculum as required and in addition cover content in the following topic areas by the end of secondary school:

  • Families
  • Respectful relationships, including friendships
  • Online & media
  • Being safe
  • Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health

Relationships Education, Relationship (RSE)

Relationships and Sex Education will build on the teaching at primary. It aims to give young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds. RSE content covers what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like and what makes a good friend, colleague and successful marriage or committed relationship. At the appropriate time, the focus will move to developing intimate relationships, to equip young people with knowledge they need to make safe, informed and healthy choices as they progress through adult life. At Winfred Holtby Academy the above RSE topics are taught via the PSHCE curriculum. Click on the related links below to view the 2020/21 RSE programme for both KS3 and KS4 year students:

Year 11 RSE

Year 10 RSE

Year 9 RSE

Year 8 RSE

Year 7 RSE

Year 8 – Year 11 lessons are, in the main, taught by an external provider – Cornerhouse and delivered as 3 sessions. A team of dedicated PSHCE staff teach further lessons to enrich the programme and also lead the YR7 RSE programme.

About Cornerhouse

Dear Parents and Carers,

We wanted to introduce ourselves as the people delivering relationship and sex education (RSE) to your children and young people at Winifred Holtby Academy. Cornerhouse is a charity, established over 30 years ago, which supports young people from Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire around healthy relationships, sexual health and emotional wellbeing.

We have a long working relationship with WHA, and for at least the last 8 years we have delivered a “whole school approach” to RSE which has seen all students offered 3 sessions every year that they are in school – our work with the academy was even recognised during a government funded national research project, undertaken by The University of Bristol, into best practice in RSE.

Our approach to RSE  means that students get the opportunity to build their knowledge gradually and, in an age appropriate way.  Our aim is to make learning about relationships and sex an enjoyable and safe experience which will give them the tools they need to make their own choices in the future.

The aim of our work is to help young people develop their understanding of positive and healthy relationships and living happy and healthy lives.  The themes covered in our workshops include self-esteem, body image and emotional health, keeping safe online, sexually transmitted infections, contraceptive choices, keeping ourselves and each other safe, and knowing where to get help and support.

The team of people delivering the training to your children and young people are a combination of experienced youth workers, qualified social workers and even a human biologist amongst our number.  We are all active workers offering 1-1 support to young people around issues such as child sexual exploitation, controlling relationships, LGBTQ+ support, which allows us to bring real life experiences to our work.

If you have any questions about the subjects or lessons we teach please get in touch via the school or email us directly on

Health Education

By the end of secondary school:

Health Education aims to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing, to

recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise. Health Education is taught via a range of subjects across the academy.

  • mental wellbeing
  • internet safety and harms
  • physical health and fitness
  • healthy eating
  •  drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  •  health and prevention
  •  basic first aid
  • changing adolescent body

At Winfred Holtby Academy the above Health Education topics are taught through a range of subject areas. Click on the link below to view the 2020/21 Health Education Curriculum mapping for our academy.


Curriculum content

Read the Department for Education FAQs for Parents:

For further information, or should you have any questions relating to the Relationships Education, Relationship (RSE) and Health Education programme at our academy please email: