What are the standards?

Schools need to meet the following criteria to achieve the Bristol Ideal. We can help your school achieve this, providing you with lots of guidance, resources and lesson plans:

Bristol Ideal Pack (December 2016 FINAL)

  1. People talk about the Bristol IdealPeople talk about the Bristol Idealelationships and Sex Education delivered by trained professionals – with at least one teacher holding specialist accreditation to teach PSHE.
  2. Formally timetabled, regular Relationships and Sex Education lessons for every year group. As part of this learning, children and young people will:
      • Understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationship.
      • Understand that healthy relationships are based on empathy, negotiation, respect for culture and diversity, human rights and equality and, as such, are given the skills and knowledge on these topics.
      • Know about all forms of domestic and sexual abuse and about coercive and controlling relationships.
      • Explore gender roles & stereotypes, gender equality and factors that influence these. Understand gendered violence as a cause and consequence of inequality
      • Know where to go to report abuse.
  3. A whole-school approach to tackling domestic and sexual violence and abuse including having a school policy covering this.
  4. A named staff member with responsibility for addressing all forms of gendered violence and domestic and sexual violence such as domestic abuse, teen abuse, sexual harassment, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
  5. Staff attend training to ensure they understand and respond effectively to all forms of domestic and sexual violence
  6. Ensuring that information about support services are available for pupils and staff, and that there is access to specialist support services for children and young people.
  7. Participation in research to provide an evidence-base and monitoring for the Bristol Ideal.

To meet the standards above, schools will need to have PSHE and RSE on the curriculum and formally timetabled. This is already a requirement of Healthy Schools.

Download our Guidance Pack (link above) which lists how to achieve the standards, what support we can provide and useful resources.



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