Oak updates

27 March 2024

Introducing our Relationships & Health Education and RSHE curriculum partner

Geoff Wells

Citizenship and RSHE Subject Lead

Geoff Wells is the citizenship and RSHE Lead at Oak National Academy. Prior to starting at Oak, Geoff worked on the senior leadership team of two successful secondary schools, including Harris Academy Battersea. Geoff has worked with a number of schools and school leaders to develop their RSHE and personal development provision.

Developing our new Relationships & Health Education and RSHE curriculum

Our focus is on lowering workload and supporting teachers to increase their expertise. Over the coming year we’ll be creating a new primary and secondary curriculum with teaching resources designed to better support your planning, in-class teaching and to help you develop your own curriculum. All our resources will be aligned to statutory guidance, helping teachers plan and deliver lessons in line with the national expectations.

Our fantastic partners reflect the diverse range of educational providers and expertise across the country. We are one of many teaching resource and curriculum suppliers, and I am delighted that we can improve this offer so that teachers have an even better choice of foundation materials to build upon in their classroom.

Curriculum partner

I’m delighted to announce that we are collaborating with Life Lessons Education to develop our new primary relationships & health education and secondary relationships & sexual health curriculum.

Life Lessons has established a very strong reputation, working closely in partnership with schools all over the country to address some of the barriers to the effective teaching of RSHE, from pupil engagement to teacher confidence and parent engagement.

Their broad curriculum covers topics such as first aid, mental health and nutrition as well as relationships & health education. Throughout their application for this project Life Lessons demonstrated their understanding of statutory requirements and how to interpret that guidance for effective RSHE. As important is their understanding of the context both within schools and nationally within our communities where RSHE is delivered, considering the perspective of pupils, teachers, leaders in education and parents.

It has been a pleasure getting to know the Life Lessons team and I look forward to collaborating with them on this very impactful project.

Our Relationships & Health Education / RSHE curriculum principles

Our guiding principles are a rigorous guide to guarantee that our new curriculum is grown from a strong foundation of core values and key ingredients, ensuring that our curriculum is cohesive and enriching. They focus on the knowledge and skills specific to RSHE, including:

  • Ensuring that all content is grounded in the statutory RSHE guidance and the law;
  • Keeping children safe and happy.
  • Applying our diversity curriculum principle by encouraging pupils to understand, appreciate and analyse a broad range of viewpoints.
  • Enabling pupils to make balanced and informed choices about their own life.

One of our curriculum principles is diversity, and this will be a focus for subject expert groups.

Our overall curriculum approach

These subject-specific principles dovetail with our overall approach to curriculum design, and how we hope teachers can use Oak, as explained by Emma McCrea, our Head of Curriculum Design. You can also find out more about the new partners and subject experts we’re excited to be working with.

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