Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood
Please follow the link below to find out more about the national resource for relationships, sexual health and parenthood (RSHP) education for children and young people.
RSHP is a key element of the Health and Wellbeing area of Curriculum for Excellence. Health and Wellbeing is one of the eight curricular areas in Curriculum for Excellence. Its importance is reflected in its position at the centre of the curriculum and at the heart of children’s learning. Along with literacy and numeracy it is one of the three core areas that are the responsibility of all staff in learning establishments.
Learning about relationships, sexual health and parenthood has never been more important or necessary. It seems our children are exposed more and more to influences we would rather they were not, such as pressures relating to body image, the impact of negative behaviours on social media on their mental health, or the exposure to pornography. While this can feel overwhelming, if we present factual views of the world, based on respect and building the capacity of children and young people to understand what they see so they can decide for themselves to reject negative messages, then educators and parents and carers can help build resilience and positive values. Further, research evidence shows that learners who take part in RSHP education at school are more likely to delay sexual activity until they are physically and emotionally mature enough to be able to manage sexual relationships, and are less likely to experience adverse outcomes compared to those who have not taken part.
Please see the link below to view activities the children will be engaging in during these lessons.
There are parent information leaflets provided at each Level about Learning at School and Learning at Home. Just scroll to the bottom of each Level page to find these. The FAQ section is also very helpful.
If you have any concerns about this resource, please contact the school.