This toolkit comprises three essential documents for school leaders to audit your school’s RSE curriculum approach, map coverage and also includes a LGBTQ+ audit tool to ensure your school is inclusive. OFSTED will discuss your school’s approach to delivering the RSE curriculum and to what extend you are supporting LGBTQ+ students as part of the Personal Development strand of the Education Inspection Framework.
Relationships and sex education audit tool
As a secondary school you must teach relationships and sex education. There’s a list of expectations about what pupils will need to know by the end of the secondary phase. The DfE outlines a set of expectations regarding the knowledge that pupils should acquire by the end of the secondary phase.
To assess your current progress and identify any areas that need improvement, you can use this audit. Each expectation can be assigned a ‘red, amber, green’ (RAG) rating. A red rating indicates that the expectation is currently not taught at all, amber signifies that it is covered but not effectively or that there are outstanding issues, and green indicates that it is covered effectively with no further work needed.
Curriculum coverage map
To identify where statutory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) content is delivered in each year group and term across secondary school you need to identify where takes place. By creating a coverage map you can systematically identify where statutory RSE content is delivered in each year group and term across the school. This approach helps ensure there are no gaps in coverage, the school meets statutory requirement and to assess the balance of content provided
To determine the coverage of RSE content in each year group and term, using a tick-box approach:
- Start by referring to the statutory RSE requirements outlined in the current RSE guidance for schools.
- Familiarise yourself with the content objectives.
- Review the content objectives and identify which terms they covered in.
- Go through each content objective for each year group and tick the corresponding term column if it is meant to be covered during that term.
- Continue this process for all year groups and terms, ensuring that you consider all the content objectives outlined in the guidance.
Once you have completed the tick-box system, review the table to assess the coverage. Check for any gaps where content objectives have not been addressed in a specific year group or term. This could indicate a failure to meet the statutory requirements.
Additionally, evaluate if there is an appropriate balance of content across the year groups and terms. If there are instances where certain topics are covered too frequently or insufficiently, it may indicate a need for adjustment to achieve a more balanced coverage.
LGBTQ+ Curriculum review tool
To foster a more inclusive understanding and foster positive attitudes toward gender and LGBTQ+ inclusivity among your students, it is crucial to implement changes throughout your entire curriculum. Simply addressing topics related to gender and sexuality in a limited number of PSHE or RSE (Personal, Social, Health, and Economic Education; Relationships and Sex Education) lessons is unlikely to yield significant results.
To assist you and your colleagues in this endeavour, we recommend utilising this curriculum audit tool. This tool can guide you in exploring ways to seamlessly integrate these topics across various areas of learning. By embedding discussions on gender and LGBTQ+ inclusivity throughout the curriculum, you can promote a comprehensive and holistic understanding among your pupils.
- Maintained schools
- Academies and Free schools
- Special schools
- Independent schools
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