Within the Clementswood Federation, we believe that PSHE and RHE help to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives, in order to become informed, active and responsible citizens.
Under the new guidance issued by the DfE, by September 2020 (deferred to September 2021), Relationships and Health Education (known as RHE within our schools) will be compulsory. We believe that for this to be effective, it must be taught primarily within a broader PSHE education programme, allowing its teaching to be enhanced by learning related topics, including: anti-bullying; keeping safe on and offline; keeping physically and mentally healthy; learning about the risks of drugs, alcohol and tobacco; and the development of skills and attributes such as communication skills, managing peer pressure, risk management, resilience and decision-making.
Our teaching of PSHE and RHE aims to:
- Provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community.
- Ensure that our pupils build confidence, respect for themselves and empathy for others.
- Enable our pupils to learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
- Encourage our pupils to safely take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of our school and wider community.
- Enable our pupils to reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
- Enable our pupils to make safe, healthy choices, by educating them about physical health, mental health, well-being and relationships.
- Prepare pupils for puberty and give them an understanding of their developing bodies and the importance of health and hygiene.
- Ensure that our pupils have the knowledge and capability to take care of themselves and get support if challenges arise.
The Department for Education introduced compulsory Relationships Education for primary pupils in September 2020 (deferred to September 2021). From this date, it is also compulsory for all schools to teach Health Education.
As a primary school, we are not required to provide Sex Education, but we are required to teach the elements of Sex Education contained in the Science curriculum.
As a maintained primary school, we must provide Relationships and Health Education to all pupils as per section 34 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017. We intend to work within the context of safeguarding and maintaining a child-centred approach in accordance with the ’Keeping Children Safe in Education Document' (DFE, Sept 2020).
In teaching RHE, we must have regard to guidance issued by the Secretary of State as outlined in section 403 of the Education Act 1996.
Within the Clementswood Federation, we teach Relationships, Health and Non-Statutory Sex Education as set out in this policy.
We hope that the information in these pages, alongside the work we continue to share across the site, provides you with an insight into the learning opportunities taking place in our school. We hope that this site provides parents with useful information and support that will aid home learning and encourage families to engage with their child's work in PSHE.