Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PHSE) Education including Relationships, Sex & Health Education (RSHE)

Here at St Mary’s, we teach both PSHE & RSHE as part of the National Curriculum. This learning encourages and allows children to develop by building upon their emotional health and wellbeing. We provide our children with opportunities that allow them to flourish both safely and healthily as well as opportunities for them to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.
Children will benefit from PSHE & RSHE as it prepares them for a full range of experiences, challenges and responsibilities as they navigate their way through an increasingly complex world.

PSHE & RSHE lessons align well to other subject areas such as science, RE, Philosophy (P4C) and computing. In addition to this, aspects of teaching and learning in this area will be delivered through phase assemblies and through activities linked to themed days and weeks (eg: Friendship Week and Mental Health & Awareness Week). We will also be working with external agencies, including subject specialists to enhance the delivery of our PSHE & RSHE curriculum.

RSHE Consultation – Summer 2021

The Department for Education has announced changes to Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) following a nationwide consultation. These changes came into effect from September 2020 and all schools must comply with the updated requirements by September 2021. The statutory guidance can be found at:

The guidance sets out what pupils should know by the end of primary school:

As a result of the new requirements, we have been reviewing our Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) policy and curriculum so we can be sure our provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their age, physical and emotional maturity, religious and cultural backgrounds and special educational needs and disabilities.

Please note that at primary school age, Sex Education refers to the introduction to the concepts of reproduction and growth, not how reproduction occurs.

We would like to keep you informed of, and consult with you on, the development of the new RSHE curriculum and policy, so we would be grateful if you could review the information below. The curriculum and policy are designed to equip children with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships. We want children to explore their own and others’ attitudes and values and aim to help them build their self-esteem and confidence.

Documents (in the pdf download box)

• Draft RSHE policy – provisionally approved by the Children, Families and Community Committee of the Governing Board
• RSHE Jigsaw scheme of works – proposed
• RSHE Jigsaw guide for parents and carers – for information

Parents and carers consultation

Parents and carers have been sent a survey link (via email) to allow them to comment regarding the draft policy and scheme of works. If you have any difficulty in accessing the survey, please do inform the school office. In addition, paper copies of the survey, draft policy and proposed scheme of works will be available from the school office. Parents and carers have also been invited to a Zoom session where questions and can be posed to the PHSE/RSHE lead and the headteacher as part of the consultation process


Once the consultation process with parents is complete, the policy and scheme of works will be put to the Governing Board on 7th July for final approval. Teaching of the new scheme of works will start in September.