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Relationships and Sex Education / Social, Emotional and Mental Health

Every learner at Strathmore has at least one Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) target as part of their Education Health and Care plan outcomes and these are tracked as part of our whole school data. SEMH is the foundation of everything we do in order to support our learners to be independent and active contributors to their community.



Safe, happy, healthy and independent learners

Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum teaches our learners how to maintain healthy relationships, stay safe, and live in the wider community as independently as possible.

Aspects of the curriculum include the building of healthy relationships up to the end of primary, extending this to include Relationship and Sex Education from secondary upwards, in accordance with statutory guidance set out by the Department for Education  (DfE).

Other areas covered across all age groups include:

  • building self-esteem
  •  self-awareness
  • managing feelings and behaviour
  • physical and mental wellbeing
  • social responsibility
  • identification of risk and safety
  • law and order
  • aspects of biology including life cycle
  • keeping safe online

This year, Strathmore is working towards 3 main priorities within this curriculum area:

Priority 1

All Learners will progress within their SEMH target in their EHCP.

Priority 2

All learners will access the statutory RE and RSE curriculum and make progress.

Priority 3

Staff will have the knowledge and resources to support learners.

As of September 2020 it is statutory for all learners to have access to RSE at school.

At Strathmore, we have worked hard to ensure that RSE is accessible to all of our learners. We strive to ensure the learning is appropriate to the individual’s ability and needs and commensurate to their developmental understanding, whilst also preparing them for the future. 

The purpose of teaching RSE is to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development. A successful programme, firmly embedded in the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) and SEMH schemes of work, will help young people learn to respect themselves and others and move with confidence from childhood, through adolescence into adulthood.

We want to support our learners to:

  • Develop positive values and a moral framework that will guide their decisions, judgements and behaviour as they move into adolescence and adulthood
  • Understand the consequences of their actions and behave responsibly within all relationships
  • Have the confidence and self-esteem to value themselves and others and to have respect for individual conscience and the skills to judge what kind of relationships they want
  • Communicate effectively
  • Avoid being exploited or exploiting others
  • Avoid being pressurised into behaviours or situations they do not feel comfortable with
  • Understand the processes of puberty, conception and birth
  • Show respect for their own bodies and other people’s
  • Recognise their emotions and express them effectively and appropriately
  • Understand the importance of family life for all and, in particular in the development of a child,
  • Recognise and respect that different people make different decisions about the relationships they choose to enter into.

For more information about how RSE is taught at Strathmore please have a look at the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) and RSE policies.