The resource provides a comprehensive set of learning activities for use in early learning settings, primary and secondary schools, colleges and in community-based learning. The resource is structured in line with Curriculum for Excellence Levels.
Children and young people do not just learn in formal settings, they also learn at home and so the RSHP resource makes that connection by recognising the role of parents and carers as the child’s first and lifelong educator. Many of the learning activities provided in the resource have information that can be shared with home, there are also book lists to be shared, and information leaflets that educators can use to communicate about RSHP learning at different Levels.
The resource can be used to support the delivery of RSHP lessons in mainstream and specialist settings and in non-denominational and denominational schools. The Scottish Catholic Education Service advise that the resource can be a useful tool to help teachers plan and deliver RSHP lessons in line with Curriculum for Excellence, within the wider context of Church teaching and the culture and ethos of individual schools. The decision on which elements of the resource are used is one for teachers’ professional judgement.
CfE comprises a broad general education from the age of 3 up to the end of S3 (the third year of secondary education), followed by a senior phase of learning from S4 to S6 in school, or in a College or community setting. RSHP sits within one of 8 curriculum areas, Health and Wellbeing. Curriculum for Excellence articulates a set of statements about learning and progression in each curriculum area, called Experiences and Outcomes, they are used to help plan learning and to assess progress. Then there are also Benchmarks that set out what learners need to know and be able to do to achieve a level across all curriculum areas.
Teaching and learning benefits from the use of films and animations available on platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo. The learning activities in the resource often link to such material. You may have no issues with accessing this media, but if you do you are likely to have control over your own internet settings and restrictions, meaning you can allow specific media to be shown if the URL is added to what is permissible. If necessary, please seek advice on this from colleagues in your setting/agency who can assist. To help, we have provided all the links used in the resource in the files below, you may want to have all approved.
If problems persist with accessing digital content, this may be because of internet speed/access issues. Again, seek advice.
In terms of PowerPoint please check the application version you have installed on your machine, you may want to ‘Check for Updates’ under the ‘Help’ menu. To use the PowerPoint slides first download/’save as’ and then open from your download folder/desktop location (do not attempt to access these from the site directly, they must first be saved to your machine).
The learning activities across the RSHP resource support learning on a number of key themes. The information below provides two ways to map content.
Mapping by Curriculum for Excellence organisers within RSHP/Health and Wellbeing
Mapping by theme
The documents below identify material in relation to 7 themes – one might think of these as the narratives that run through the curriculum – supporting educators as they map progression across the curriculum.
- Bodily autonomy, consent and protection from harm
- Emotional wellbeing and help-seeking behaviour
- Equalities and inclusion
- Gender equality, discrimination and gender-based violence
- Parenthood and families
- Relationships and friendships
- Sexual health and reproduction
If you have a question or query about RSHP education there are local people who can help, some are located in your Local Authority, others in your local NHS Health Board. Find your local supports in this list: RSHP local contacts list
To explain more about the importance of RSHP education and how using this resource can benefit children and young people a series of short video clips are available to view. Interviewees include professional staff, young people and parents and carers. The video clips are available at: https://vimeo.com/user100739316
The RSHP resource has been developed by a partnership of local authorities and health boards, with advice from Education Scotland and the Scottish Government. For more information about the managing partners contact Elaine.McCormack@ggc.scot.nhs.uk or Nicky.Coia@ggc.scot.nhs.uk
An independent agency TASC (Scotland) was commissioned to develop the resource and through the school year 2019-2020 will maintain the resource. Contact Colin Morrison with any immediate questions about the resource firstname.lastname@example.org