Partnership working to support Special Educational Needs (SEN) children in their relationships education

Northcott School, a special school in Hull, is working with local provider Cornerhouse to deliver relationships education. They have created learning that fits with the school's emphasis on communication and is tailored to the young people’s needs.

"For those with social communication difficulties, a key task is to unpack precisely what a healthy relationship looks like. Our young people are very vulnerable, so one of the big challenges in relationships work is to explain consent, to try and make them safe, so they aren’t taken advantage of." Jane Hewson, Teaching Assistant at Northcott School.

Jane Hewson has run RSE lessons at the school, working alongside Luke Medcalf from local charity Cornerhouse.

At Northcott School, RSE is mainly taught through PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education), underpinned by the school’s emphasis on social communication. This provides a strong foundation to help pupils understand what a healthy relationship is like.

The formal curriculum runs alongside a ‘social interaction and communication’ curriculum. This includes social skills groups and work with Cornerhouse, through visits to its sexual health centre and other community resources.

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