Relationships, Sex and Health Education

As a part of your child’s education at Garswood Primary School, we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme. PSHE education is the curriculum subject that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential. Children will also be taking part in lessons which will focus on the Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) aspect of this programme.It is now a statutory requirement for schools in England to teach Relationships/ Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education — sometimes abbreviated as ‘RSHE’.

Relationships Education is designed to help children to have positive and safe relationships with family, friends and online.

Health Education will help children to make good decisions about their health and wellbeing and enable them to know how to seek support if any health issues arise for themselves or others.

If you would like more information about statutory Relationships and Health Education, please click below to read the government guide “RSE primary schools guide for parents”.

PSHE education is the school curriculum subject through which RSHE content is delivered in the vast majority of schools. Teaching RSHE within this context is effective because of the overlap and connections between health, relationships, economic wellbeing and thriving in life and work.

At Garswood, we have been delivering Relationships and Health Education within our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum for many years.  We have reviewed our PSHE curriculum to make sure that our lessons meet the requirements that the government has set out for the content of Relationships and Health Education. 

Following government guidance, we are required to consult with parents and staff about the implementation of the new statutory guidance in schools. Please refer to our policy, curriculum map, guidance from the DFE for further information.  

We updated our Relationships, Sex and Health Education policy to reflect the new statutory status for Relationships Education, and we invited parents to consider this policy before it was finalised.  We completed a formal consultation before the implementation of our RSE curriculum and this was via a feedback form which can be found here. Thank you for your contributions to our consultation for RSHE.

Every year we also hold a curriculum meeting and if you wish to provide us with any feedback at this point, we welcome your views.

During the pandemic, mental health, physical health and maintaining healthy relationships (including at home and online) were real issues of concern. So it has never been more important to prioritise effective PSHE education, and regular curriculum time. This applies both to ensuring safe, effective remote teaching and choice of resources as well as supporting pupils’ well-being and recovery as they return to the classroom.

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