Richard Challoner School


Our Mission Statement commits us to the education of the whole child (spiritual, physical, intellectual, moral, social, cultural, emotional) and we believe that RSHE is an integral part of this education.  We endeavour to raise students’ self-esteem, help them to grow in knowledge and understanding, recognise the value of all persons and develop caring and sensitive attitudes. It is in this context that we commit ourselves, in partnership with parents, to provide children and young people with a “positive and prudent sexual education” which is compatible with their physical, cognitive, psychological, and spiritual maturity, and rooted in a Catholic vision of education and the human person. In doing so we hope to enable students to develop a healthy, balanced, well-informed attitude towards relationships, personal development and sexuality. To this end, our policy is one of providing the necessary information, reflecting the best principles of education in accordance with Christian values, rather than a form of indoctrination.

As part of this process we have mapped out the opportunities that we have to deliver our RSHE content from Y7-Y11 below.

Further information about RSHE can be found in our RSHE policy document on the Policies Page

Year 7

Year 7 Science Year 7 RE Year 7 PSHE


  • Male and Female Reproductive Systems
  • Puberty: Changes in male and female bodies
  • Menstruation
  • Fertilisation
  • Pregnancy including miscarriage

Friendship and Communities

  • The positives and negatives of being part of a community and my role within a community
  • Diversity and Heritage in my Community
  • Identity and LGBTQ+
  • Y7 Retreat Day


  • What are good friends?
  • Making new friends
  • Who are my friends?
  • Discriminatory language and behaviour around race, culture and other protected characteristics
  • Peer pressure
  • Bullying
  • Harmful Language
  • Managing conflict
  • Reconciliation
  • Social Media
  • Use of technology
  • Internet safety
  • Healthy and Balanced Lifestyles
  • Maintaining a balance between work/rest/leisure/sleep
  • Personal hygiene
  • Dental hygiene
  • Dealing with stress
  • Dealing with an emergency
  • Disability Awareness
  • Everybody is different
  • Everybody has different needs, including “visible and invisible” needs and differences
  • Discrimination and our responsibilities

Year 8

Year 8 Science Year 8 RE Year 8 PHSE

Health and Lifestyle

  • Main food types and nutrients
  • Balanced diets
  • The effect of age/activity/religion/belief on diet and how balance can be maintained
  • Malnutrition
  • Introduction to eating disorders
    (This work will be complemented by work done in Food and Nutrition)
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Legal and illegal drugs
  • Dangers of prescribed/over the counter drugs
  • Risks of stimulants/depressants/performance enhancing drugs to both physical and mental health

Drugs and the law

  • Classes of drugs
  • Consequences of possession of drugs/dealing drugs


  • Concept of units of alcohol
  • How many units are “safe”
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome


  • Chemicals in smoke and their risks including carcinogens and nicotine
  • Addiction to smoking
  • Smoking in pregnancy
  • Use of "vapes" and the impact of vaping

The Prodigal Son

  • An in depth look at this parable
  • Effects of gambling/prostitution/casual sex/drinking on an individual
  • Reconciliation and forgiveness

St Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians

  • True love
  • Types of love
  • Abusive relationships
  • Selfish behaviours

Use of Technology

  • Social media revisited
  • Students now old enough to access social media in the eyes of the law
  • Being accountable for your online actions including online persona vs real life persona
  • Gaming including addictive gaming and “raging out”
  • Grooming, including dangers of engaging with online “friends”
  • Addictive behaviour and online gambling

Eating disorders

(This work will complement the work done in Science)


  • Discriminatory language and behaviour around race, culture and other protected characteristics

Reconciliation in Relationships

  • Dealing with arguments/falling out with friends
  • Family Life.
  • Falling out at home
  • Strategies for dealing with problems in relationships

Gender and Sexual Identity

  • Dignity of the individual
  • Uniqueness of the individual created in the image of God
  • Vocabulary relating to gender/sexual identity/sexual orientation
  • Different people have different thoughts and feelings
  • Dealing with stereotypes
  • Protected characteristics

Mental Health

  • Looking after yourself
  • Resilience and dealing with setbacks/upset/exams

Crime and Consequences

  • The law and the legal system
  • Taking responsibility for my own actions
  • The Equality Act
  • Knife crime

The Rough Sleep

  • Sleep and its importance
  • Sleeping rough, reasons and consequences (possible external speaker delivery)
  • The rough sleep event encompassing charitable work and empathy for those living rough on the streets

Year 9

Year 9 Science Year 9 RE Year 9 PHSE

Reproduction, Sex and Safety

  • Biological basis for reproduction including a revision of the reproductive system and the menstrual cycle
  • Contraception
  • Natural family planning and abstinence
  • Artificial methods of contraception including efficacy of different methods
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
  • Transmission of STIs
  • Prevalence of STIs
  • Treatments of STIs


  • Friendships revisited
  • Boyfriends/Girlfriends/Partners
  • Different types of relationships
  • Controlling relationships
  • Consent


  • Legal marriages
  • Roles and responsibilities in the family
  • Parents and parenting
  • Different families
  • Adoption and fostering
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Forced marriage
  • Honour based violence

Mental Health

  • Mindfulness
  • Daily stress
  • Resilience


  • Sharing images and the law, including nudes and semi-nudes
  • Malicious Communication
  • Digital footprints
  • Fake news
  • Trustworthiness of sources online and in the real world

Nothing in Life is Free

  • County lines and grooming

Sex Education and Relationships

  • Body Image
  • Catholic Perspectives (NDA half year group assemblies)
  • Pornography
  • Consent
  • Sexual harassment

(There will also be a parents evening with an external speaker to talk to parents about talking to their sons about these issues)

First Aid

Basic treatment of common injuries


  • Discriminatory language and behaviour around race, culture and other protected characteristics

Year 10

Year 10 Science Year 10 RE Year 10 PHSE

Pathogens and Disease

  • Bacteria/Viruses/Infections
  • Treatment of disease
  • Antibiotics
  • Vaccination/Immunisation
  • Stem Cell donation
  • Healthy lifestyle and disease
  • Transplant surgery

Relationships and Families

  • Catholic Teaching on sexuality and sexual love
  • Catholic Marriage and its importance and purpose
  • Theology of the body
  • All made equal in God’s image
  • Consideration of beliefs, teachings and attitudes relating to civil partnership, cohabitation, pre-marital sex, celibacy, contraception, gender and sexual identity, divorce, annulment and remarriage
  • Contraception: Arguments for and against in terms of both the mechanics and ethics of different forms of contraception
  • Fertility Treatments

Men and Women

Key philosophical and ethical concepts including:

  • Equality of men and women
  • Me2 Movement
  • Consent
  • Freedom of choice and restrictions on it

Y10 Retreat Day

  • Being Responsible in the World
  • Free Trade
  • Human Rights
  • Basic first aid and defibrillators


  • Organ Donation
  • Blood donation


  • Perceptions of mental health
  • Food and nutrition
  • Stress: positives and negatives of stress
  • Importance of exercise
  • Mindfulness
  • Physical activity
  • Volunteering in Society
  • Radicalisation Assembly

Study Skills

  • Study Skills assembly
  • Putting into practice
  • Sharing practice

Making Good Judgements

  • Alcohol
  • Risky behaviours
  • Consent 
  • Drug Awareness
  • Addiction and addictive behaviours
  • Gambling awareness
  • Online gambling

School Nurse and Teenage Cancer Trust

  • Self screening
  • Health and Cancer Awareness
  • Sexually transmitted infections


  • Discriminatory language and behaviour around race, culture and other protected characteristics
  • Gender and misogyny
  • Period poverty

Year 11

Year 11 Science Year 11 RE Year 11 PHSE

Hormonal Coordination

  • Hormonal control of the menstrual cycle
  • Contraception including the natural and the artificial control of fertility
  • In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

Catholic Theology

  • Being made in the image of God
  • Abortion
  • The ethics of abortion and the arguments for and against
  • Violence and Conflict
  • Peace and peacemaking
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation
  • Potential clashes between religious values/ secular values/scientific developments

Making Good Judgements

  • Alcohol
  • Risky behaviours
  • Consent 
  • Drug Awareness
  • Addiction and addictive behaviours
  • Gambling awareness
  • Online gambling
  • Radicalisation assembly (MB)

Mental Health

  • Mental health strategies
  • Coping with change
  • Managing exam stress


  • Discriminatory language and behaviour around race, culture and other protected characteristics

The Sixth Form have their own PSHE programme and all students follow a course in General RE. The work done in these sessions will build on many of the facets covered in PSHE and RSHE lessons further down the school. This curriculum outline was last updated in June 2023