Year 11 Personal Development Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

As a part of your child’s education at Monkton Wood Academy, we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme within their Personal Development lessons. Teaching Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education is our legal duty, and the government provides guidance which we must comply with. Personal Development is the curriculum subject that gives young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential.

I am writing to let you know that, during this term, your child’s class will be taking part in lessons which will focus on the relationships and sex education (RSE) aspect of this programme. Year 11 RSE lessons will include teaching about healthy relationships, including:
Child on Child Abuse
This lesson will look at what child on child abuse is and explore when peer pressure become abuse and evaluate the support available to those who need it.
Fertility and what impacts it.
This lesson will look at what how fertilisation occurs on a cellular level, explore what makes men and women fertile and ways to improve fertility, understand the various ways women can become pregnant include IVF treatment.
Alcohol, Parties and Bad Choices
This lesson will look at the risks of house parties and alcohol, look at alcohol abuse, drink spiking, and the associated risks, evaluate the impact of our own health and the choices we make.
The Importance of Sexual Health
This lesson will look at the importance of a young person’s sexual health, the consequences of neglecting sexual health, understand whatst emergency contraception is available and when it is appropriate to use.
Revisiting STIs.
This lesson will look at how STI infections can spread, increase the awareness of sexual health clinics, understand the difference between viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic STIs.
Revisiting Contraception
This lesson will look at the different forms of contraception and how they work, look at the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of contraception and which forms of contraception reduce the risk of STIs, pregnancy or both.
Respect, Love and Relationships
This lesson will look at the importance of respecting others, especially those you are in a relationship with, to know what love is and what love is not and to evaluate what support is available to those in an abusive relationship.

All Personal Development teaching takes place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our school ethos and values. We work together to raise awareness and respect all viewpoints. As a school community, we are committed to working in partnership with parents. If you would like to find out more or discuss any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Wood
Head of Personal Development
Monkton Wood Academy
[email protected]

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