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Wellacre Leads the Way

Posted at 9:37 am on 11th May, 2021

National Spotlight on Wellacre’s RSHE Lessons

Wellacre has been recognised as a school that is leading with way in Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE), through the school’s work with the Alliance for Learning RSHE Hub.

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On our return to school following lockdown, Wellacre was approached by national media outlets to showcase our lessons on the important topic of Public Sexual Harassment (PSH). 

As an all boys’ school, Wellacre felt compelled to address the topic and encourage conversations with students, with the aim of helping them to understand the issues and how they can each play their part in making society safer for everyone. 

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Mrs O’Neill, Wellacre’s Associate Assistant Principal for SMSC, said:

“There was an increasing number of concerns and questions from students about issues around sexist behaviour and hearing women publicly discussing times they have felt scared or unsafe, In the wake of the tragic murder of Sarah Everard.’’

"We have a duty to make sure students understand the issues that will affect them and their community, to make them better citizens of the world."

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All students received a RESPECT lesson, on the topic of PSH, differentiated for age appropriateness. 

Wellacre’s work was showcased on Sky TV and Granada News, and Mrs O’Neill was invited to contribute further to a Sky News podcast that discussed many aspects of diversity and inclusion in society. 

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Mrs O’Neill has also been approached by several schools, locally, nationally and even internationally to share expertise and resources on this area. Through our work leading the RSHE Hub for the Alliance for Learning Teaching School, Mrs O’Neill is disseminating training to schools who are looking for personalised support in their delivery of all aspects of RSHE. 

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Mrs Sharrock, Principal, said: 

‘‘I am really proud of the tremendous work Mrs O’Neill has undertaken around PSH and the honesty our students have demonstrated in their conversations and questions.  We will continue to invest teaching time in supporting students’ understanding and awareness of such challenging topics."

Please see the news article links here:

ITV Granada News - Pupils at Wellacre Get Lessons in How to Respect and Behave Around Women

Sky News - At this Boys School, Every Pupil is Taught About Sexual Harassment and Calling Out Bad Behaviour