RSHE (Relationships, sex and health education) at Lister Community School 

It is the intention of Lister Community School to teach high quality, age appropriate, pupil-sensitive, evidence based RSHE, which demonstrates a respect for the law and all communities that call Newham home. We have a whole-school approach to RSHE in Lister Community School which aims to help pupils to learn about themselves and the world they live in, giving them the skills, understanding and information they need for life. This will help them to stay safer and to flourish, not just in childhood, but into adulthood and for the rest of their lives. We are consistently reflecting on and adapting our RSHE curriculum to ensure we are meeting the needs of our pupils. 


How do we teach RSHE?

RSHE at Lister is taught through a range of methods:

  1.   RSHE sessions delivered by trained staff (including, where appropriate, Inclusion staff); and external organisations. This is a curriculum lesson in Years 7 and 8, a unit of taught lessons in Year 9 (RSE), and through drop-down days (SLD) throughout the curriculum
  2.   RSHE activities delivered by Heads of House and tutors
  3.   Special events and assemblies
  4.   Enrichment activities


Year 7 Curriculum plan 2021/22


Topic Title  Lesson focus
Back to school Transition to secondary school, organisation, changing friendships, dealing with worry, the importance of sleep

Puberty, personal and mental health  Puberty, periods, hygiene, healthy relationships, inappropriate touching and consent, link between mental and physical health

Stereotypes and discrimination

Stereotypes, British values, character values 
LGBTQ+ LGBTQ+ discrimination, trans and gender issues

E-safety  Cyber bullying, consent, fake news, online stress

Safety in the Community  Offensive weapons, gangs, county lines, joint enterprise, personal safety



Who am I? Why is community important?


Year 8 Curriculum plan 2021/22


Topic Title  Lesson focus
Back to school  Changing friendships, routine and organisation, importance of sleep
Relationships and supporting each other Healthy and unhealthy relationships, online relationships, consent, dangers of sending nude images
Wellbeing  Physical and emotional wellbeing, diet, drugs, alcohol, smoking/vaping, gaming addiction, fitness and motivation
Mental health  Promoting emotional wellbeing, managing challenges and change, healthy and unhealthy coping strategies, managing bereavement, mindfulness
Prejudice and stereotypes Prejudice and stereotypes, discrimination, LGBTQ+ representation, BLM, anti-bullying
E-safety Gaming safety, social media safety and FOMO
Staying safe County lines, knife crime and gangs, personal safety 
The environment  Environmental issues and strategies to help


RSHE Super Learning Day topics


Year 7 Resilience and optimism
Year 8 Conflict resolution/healthy relationships, FGM
Year 9 Addiction (drugs, alcohol, online gaming safety), mental health 
Year 10 Relationships 
Year 11 Teenage cancer and self-screening, mental health and wellbeing, life after school (independent living)


Year 9 RSE lessons 


  • Healthy Relationships
I can name different types relationships

I can examine negative and positive behaviours in different types of relationships

I can explain the role of trust and ways to establish trust in a relationships

  • Stereotypes and LGBTQ+
To challenge stereotypes and discrimination, and to develop strategies to support others who may encounter prejudice or discrimination.
  • Consent 
To understand what consent is, when it should be given, and why it is so important in all relationships.
  • Contraception
I can identify local clinics, the main types of contraception and the best ways of preventing the most common STIs. I can give appropriate advice regarding explaining why using protection is so important. 
  • STIs
To be able to make informed decisions about my sexual health and advise others.
  • Pornography 
I can identify ways pornography can be harmful, both to viewers and people involved in the industry. I can describe some of the structural changes to the brain which can happen from continuous viewing of pornography and the devastating way it can impact on lives. I can explain how desensitization can ruin healthy sex lives and the long term impact a growing porn industry has on our society. 


How do we ensure safe and effective practice? 

We avoid being instructional
We ensure resources are not sensationalised and avoid stereotypes
We plan for students who may have higher vulnerability
We establish ground rules
We encourage distancing (don’t encourage public disclosures)
We ensure the safe handling of questions (staff CPD offered for this)
We signpost further help and support (including how and what will happen next)
We use inclusive language
We reinforce positive social norms
We don’t try to induce shock, fear or guilt
We end the lesson safely
We ensure all teaching reflects the reality, experiences and needs of all pupils


Links to our relevant policies: 

Lister Community School: Public Sector Equality Duty

Lister Community School: Relationships, Sex & Health Education Policy

Safeguarding Policy