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.
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, along with a brief parent guide of the main points from the policy.
PSHE Association Curriculum Document
Parent Overview of RSHE Policy
We have created a brief parent overview of the policy including the key information on the curriculum. This can be viewed below.
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.
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.
Full RSE guidance
If you would like to read the guidance in full, please follow this link to the full government guidance:
PSHE education is taught in discrete, weekly lessons through which 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. 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 which are taught termly.
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. 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 scheme of work used comes from the PSHE Association. This was chosen because it blends the PSHE curriculum with the new Relationships and Health education guidance. We are an early adopter school for this guidance from September 2019. The PSHE 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 .