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Relationships, Sex and Health Education Charter Mark

The Sunderland Relationship, Sex and Health Education Charter Mark has been developed by a local multi-agency group of public health practitioners, health professionals and education professionals.

The Charter has been developed to support and enhances school's delivery of Relationship Education and Relationship and Sex Education and Health Education in line with the national statutory guidance. It other elements of health not included in other citywide health charters such as risk-taking behaviour (e.g. drug and alcohol misuse). In addition, the charter recognises the dedication of schools within the city in contributing towards the health and wellbeing of their pupils, staff and local communities. 

The Relationship, Sex and Health Education Charter Mark is one of the five Health and Wellbeing related Charters that contribute to the Sunderland Healthy Schools Award. 

Relationship, Sex and Health Education Charter Mark Award Levels

There are three levels of the Charter Accreditation; Bronze, Silver and Gold.

  • Bronze level has been developed in line with the national statutory guidelines.
  • Silver level includes all elements of the Bronze level and supports schools to implement a range of additional initiatives, resources and support for pupils and the wider school community. Providing information that allows individuals to make informed choices and promote early access to services where relevant.
  • Gold level includes all elements of Bronze and Silver level and challenges and supports schools to implement an outstanding range of initiatives, resources and support for pupils and the wider school community. Providing information that allows individuals to make informed choices and promote early access to services where relevant.

Relationship, Sex and Health Education Charter Mark Accreditation Process

Due to a range of factors, the working group overseeing the Relationship, Sex and Health Education Charter Mark have made the decision that schools may only attain the Bronze level of the Relationship, Sex and Health Education Charter Mark during the 2020/21 school year.

Silver and Gold levels will be available from 2021/22 onwards.

Ready to apply for the Bronze Level? Complete the RSHE Bronze Accreditation Form, available in the downloads section below.

Relationships, Sex and Health Education Charter Mark Support to Schools

Schools who would benefit from support to establish the Relationship, Sex and Health Education Charter Mark can access this from Sunderland Public Health. Please contact Ryan Houghton, Public Health Practitioner at ryan.houghton@sunderland.gov.uk if you have any queries or requests for support.

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