Wakefield Snapethorpe Primary School

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PSHE, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

From the start of the Autumn Term 2021, it is a statutory requirement that all schools in England and Wales are teaching Relationship, Health (and Sex Education) as a fundamental part of the curriculum.

As part of implementing the RSHE curriculum, we have consulted with the children, parents, staff and governors to ensure there is a general consensus on our approaches to school policy and the curriculum content. 

Parent Overview of RSHE Policy

Below is a brief parent's guide to the RSHE policy. It includes key details about the curriculum and how the statutory guidance is being implemented in school.


If you would like more information, the full policy and relating documents can be found below.


                 Relationships, Sex and Health Education Policy (RSHE) September 2021


This is the RSHE policy in full. The curriculum document mentioned is attached below if you would like more details.

PSHE Association Curriculum Document


Feedback from initial consultations (carried out in February 2021)


Feedback from parent survey


-              Over 50 % of parents were unsure of the new statutory guidance on teaching relationships and health education.

-              The majority of parents requested more information on the content of the curriculum, broken down into year groups.

-              Over 50% of parents knew that although the government recommend teaching sex education in primary school, it is not statutory.

-              There were lots of great questions around this, which we have answered in our parent guide. We have also ensured that our policy addresses any issues raised by parents, to give a clear overview of what will happen and when.

-              We have lots of feedback around areas of the new curriculum that parents thought should be prioritised in school.

Overall, most subject headings were viewed as important but a few were highlighted beyond this:

  • Mental well-being
  • Online relationships and internet safety
  • Respectful relationships


Feedback from child survey



-              Year 1 and 2 said they enjoy RSHE/PSHE lessons and learning about staying safe and healthy.

-              They said they would like to know more about caring for elderly people and how others are feeling (mental health of others).


-              Year 3 and 4 said they find the lessons fun and as it teaches them skills and life lessons for when they are older. It also helps them deal with negative things.

-              They think lots of the new headings are important but especially being safe, mental wellbeing, healthy eating, first aid, caring relationships, changing adolescent bodies and families and people who care for them.


-              Year 5 and 6 like the activities and discussions in RSHE/PSHE lessons. They feel they are learning about important things that they can use in real life.

-              They said they would like to do more on mental health and the mental health of others and also more about racism and LGBT topics.

-              When asked about sex education, year 5 were less positive about this being included in the curriculum. Year 6 thought it should be included in their curriculum, they felt it should be taught but not in too much detail.

-              They think a range of the new curriculum headings are important, but highlighted a few as their priority, drugs, alcohol and tobacco, being safe, relationships (online and respectful), internet safety and changing adolescent bodies.


Feedback from staff consultation

 -           Teachers commented on a range of areas they think we currently cover well; lots of discussion time, range of activities to engage children, we cover important national campaigns, we cover lots of relevant and real life topics, we teach a range of coping strategies, topics are built on year on year, all children feel included in lessons and lots of topics are taught very well.

-              Areas staff thought need highlighting within RSHE/PSHE; supporting children to recognise mental health in others, mental health, time for children to talk, maintaining friendships, cyberbullying and how to act online, equality and diversity, applying what they learn in real life and the importance of sleep.

Parental Guide

The government have released a parental guide to understanding the new guidance, please see the link below:

Frequently asked questions

The government also have a FAQs page on their website which is very helpful for parents and carers to access.




RSHE education at Snapethorpe Primary School help[s pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and prepared for life and work. It aims to give pupils the knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships. At Snapethorpe, we provide our pupils with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. It aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team work and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. The RSHE principles form a large part of our school’s ethos. As a restorative practice school, we encourage the children to apply their knowledge when solving disputes between peers and when taking part in circle times.



RSHE is taught in discrete, weekly lessons but it is also embedded in other areas of the curriculum and day to day life of the school. The scheme of work used comes from the PSHE Association Question based model. This was chosen as it provides a flexible, comprehensive curriculum for our school. The topics are all based around questions and are mapped out clearly to ensure a progressive programme where all the statutory elements are covered by the end of KS2.

RSHE is taught by adults who are familiar to the children, mostly class teachers. This helps to facilitate constructive and supportive discussions in a safe and open environment. All teaching staff have received in house CPD training to ensure subject knowledge is strong and staff know how to respond to children’s questions appropriately. The curriculum aims to be developmentally appropriate for all pupils and enable all pupils to access good quality PSHE teaching. Our pupils are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.


The impact of many areas of RSHE are difficult to measure however our RSHE curriculum plays a vital role in preparing children to become well-informed, resilient, and successful members of their community. Through our curriculum, we believe we can enhance pupil’s education and help them become confident individuals. Baseline and endpoint assessments are carried out in each year group to show the skills and knowledge gained. These are used to assess the effectiveness of RSHE teaching and ensure children are acquiring the skills they need from their RSHE lessons.

Pupil conversations are also used to show the their understanding and to ask pupil’s what they think of their lessons and how they can be improved to meet the needs of our pupils.