Individual Development Programme (IDP)
We aim for every boy to:
- develop the knowledge and skills needed to lead healthy and responsible lives as confident individuals and active members of society;
- develop an understanding of democratic processes, social justice, human rights, and global issues, so they are prepared to contribute positively to society;
- develop their financial literacy skills and economic awareness, so they can make informed decisions regarding personal finance and career choices;
- have accurate knowledge and understanding around healthy relationships, consent and respect, so they can make responsible choices;
- have the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to make informed decisions about their physical and mental health;
- develop effective communication skills, empathy and respect for others, and to develop the skills necessary to become responsible and resilient individuals.
Students do not take any formal qualifications for this course.
Working with Parents
West Hill School seeks to work in partnership with parents through consultation and support. Parents are vital in teaching students about sex and relationships, maintaining the culture and ethos of the family, helping children to cope with the emotional and physical aspects of growing, and preparing them for the challenges and responsibilities that sexual maturity brings. We welcome discussion on the content of this policy and our teaching of Sex and Relationships Education at any time. The Head of IDP Mr G Harrison should be contacted in the first instance.
Withdrawal from Sex and Relationships Education
Sex and relationship education will be taught at West Hill School within I.D.P. and Science lessons. It is therefore not envisaged that there will be ‘one-off’ or isolated lessons, except when a Health Professional is invited to address the students. Tolerance and empathy of a variety of genders, sexualities and relationships is a vital part of life in modern British society.
Parents should be aware that children cannot be withdrawn from science lessons on human reproduction as this forms a statutory duty.
Sections of numerous IDP lessons will include discussion on sex and relationship issues and as part of the planned scheme. If parents wish to withdraw a child, they should submit a written request to the Headteacher.
To support students, resources are available as directed by the subject teachers. The websites below can be accessed for further information;
Further Information and Support Services
Anthony Seddon Trust: 0161 376 4439
Offers support for bereavement and loss
Anxiety UK: 03444 775 774 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 5.30pm)
Support service to help control anxiety www.anxietyuk.org.uk
Beat: 0808 801 0711
Offers support for eating disorders
Branching Out: 0161 672 9420
Offers counselling support relating to drugs and alcohol
Offers online counselling support for 11-25yrs old
LGBTQ+ Out Loud: 0161 342 2345, 07971 599 414
Offers counselling support for people within the LGBTQ community
Mind: 0300 123 3393 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm)
Mental Health Support
NHS Every Mind Matters
Mental Health Support
NSPCC Childline: 0800 1111
Offers 1:1 child/young person’s telephone counselling
PAPYRUS: 0800 068 4141 (Mon to Fri: 10am-5pm & 7pm-10pm. Weekends 2pm-5pm)
Prevention of young suicide
Samaritans: 116 123
Offers telephone counselling
The Cyber Helpline
Free, expert help for victims of cybercrime & online harm
TOG Mind – The Hive: 0161 330 9223
Offers support for young people with access to different activities supporting your Mental Health
You Think: 0161 342 5672
Offers Sexual Health and Relationship Advice