PSHE & RHE
The Department for Education (DfE) has announced changes to relationships, health and sex education (RHSE). Since September 2020 it is compulsory for all primary aged children to be taught Relationships and Health Education.
The Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019, made under sections 34 and 35 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017) make Relationships Education (RE) compulsory for all pupils receiving primary education and pupils cannot be withdrawn from any lessons on the statutory RHSE Guidance.
Please click on the picture to open & read the guidelines:
As a maintained primary school it is not compulsory to teach sex education, other than the elements of sex education contained in the statutory National Science Curriculum.
However, at Dundonald primary School we choose to teach Sex Education to ensure children have the knowledge they need to make informed decisions, respect themselves and others and stay safe on- and offline.
At Dundonald Primary School we aim to teach RHSE as part of our carefully planned, age and stage appropriate PSHE curriculum.
RHSE at our school will focus on the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils and will involve learning about healthy relationships (including online), sexuality, healthy lifestyles, bodily changes, diversity and personal identity. RHSE should be a combination of sharing information and exploring issues and values. RHSE will not be about the promotion of sexual activity.
Aims of PHSE (including RHSE)
The aims of PHSE including RHSE at our school are to:
- Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, self-esteem, independence, confidence, empathy and pride.
- Help pupils to develop positive relationships with others based on mutual respect and understanding of differences.
- Help pupils express their opinions and respect the opinions of others.
- Equip pupils with the knowledge they need to be able to make choices that promote a healthy life-style.
- Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place.
- Prepare pupils for puberty and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene.
- Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships.
- Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies.
Resources to Support PHSE (including RHSE) Curriculum
At Dundonald we use a range of high quality resources to support the planning and delivery of our PHSE (including RHSE) curriculum:
- Jigsaw (https://www.jigsawpshe.com/)
- No Outsiders (https://no-outsiders.com/)
- UNICEF Rights Respecting School Resources
- The Christopher Winter Project (https://cwpresources.co.uk/resources/rse_pri)
- PSHE Association
We are currently reviewing our PSHE and RHSE policies in order to ensure they comply with the updated DfE requirements and meet the needs of our children and community. We will ensure parents and carers are consulted when the draft policies are written and we will welcome feedback on these policies.
During the course of the academic year we will provide more information in relation to specific RHSE lessons that will take place and you will have the opportunity to ask questions in order to gain a clear understanding of what your children will be learning.
In the meantime, please raise any questions or queries about this information or our current PSHE/RHSE practice at Dundonald by completing the following Google Form:
Miss Russell or Miss Eyden will respond as soon as possible.
Please do take time to read the following DfE publication: