The resource provides a comprehensive set of learning activities for use in early learning settings, primary and secondary schools, ASN settings, 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.
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.
To view a Youtube link with subtitles, find the subtitles menu at the small cog icon located in the bottom right of the video viewer window, this is the settings menu.
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
When talking with parents and carers about the resource there are 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.
It may also be helpful to use this PowerPoint presentation at parent information sessions. It is here for you to adapt and use as suits your setting – one obvious thing would be just to use the slides about those CfE Levels that are relevant to your setting/audience. The presentation makes use of the short films that have been made about RSHP education and the resource.
Your local contacts
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 Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood 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. You can watch these videos on our Vimeo channel with subtitled versions also available. Gaelic subtitled versions are also available here.
The RSHP resource is designed to support teacher-led delivery of the RSHP curriculum. Learning about relationships, sexual health and parenthood can also be supported by a range of agencies who offer programmes to build on what is being delivered in education settings. Inclusion of the description of a programme here does not indicate an endorsement of that programme, it is only intended as a helpful sign-posting to RSHP related provision and teachers/educators are encouraged to follow up directly with the relevant agency.
Click the linked text below to download an information sheet on the programme.
- Education Scotland: Mentors in Violence Prevention
- Hey Girls CIC
- Rape Crisis Scotland and Zero Tolerance: Equally Safe at School
- Rape Crisis Scotland National Sexual Violence Prevention Programme
- respect me
- Reward Foundation – Internet Pornography and Sexting
- Royal Zoological Society for Scotland (Cycle of Life)
- Royal Zoological Society for Scotland (Reproduction)
- Waverley Care
- Zero Tolerance: Gender Equal Pay and Talking Gender
- Zero Tolerance: Under Pressure
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 will maintain the resource until August 2022. Contact Colin Morrison with any immediate questions about the resource firstname.lastname@example.org
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