From September 2020 all secondary schools are required to teach Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (RSHE). During secondary school, this curriculum will aim to give young people the information they need to help them to develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds. At the appropriate time, the focus will incorporate intimate relationships and sex to equip young people with the knowledge they need to make safe, informed and healthy choices as they progress into adulthood.

The majority of the RSHE curriculum will be delivered through PSHE curriculum time at Orsett Heath Academy, with statutory elements also taught via the Science curriculum. All teaching of RSHE will take place in a safe learning environment and be underpinned by our school ethos and values. A variety of opportunities will be provided for pupils to ask questions to further their understanding and to find out more about what affects them personally.


Parent Consultation

A parent consultation was held in March 2021 to introduce parents to this curriculum and to ensure all had the opportunity to review the draft policy and the statutory content of the RSHE programme. The draft policy also contained important information for parents who wished to withdraw their children from sex education classes.

OHA Consultation Results

We will continue to annually ask parents and carers what topics they believe are currently most important for students to be learning about, and will continue to adapt our curriculum offer to fit these results and analysis.


Final Policy

We have now finalised our Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education policy. Please click HERE to view.

We would also direct parents to the following resources:

Further Resources for Parents

12 Points of Good Quality RSE

ThinkuKnow Parents Homepage

Childline – You and Your Body

BigTalk Education

Bodyform – Explaining Puberty to your Daughter

Brook – Healthy Lives for Young People

Disrespect NoBody

The Proud Trust