Dundonald Primary School

PSHE | Curriculum Overview


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Act 2017) make Relationships Education (RE) compulsory for all pupils receiving primary education and pupils cannot be withdrawn from any lessons on the statutory RHSE Guidance.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.

We review our PSHE and RHSE policies annually in order to ensure they comply with updated DfE requirements, guidance and research. We also ensure our teaching and learning meets the needs of our children and community through ongoing reviews of the curriculum. Please read through our policies and if you have any questions or comments you can email school@dundonald.merton.sch.uk and Mrs Johnstone and Miss Sandhu (PSHE Leads) will get back to you. 

Our RSE and PSHE Policies are available on our Policies page

PSHE | Skills Progression

Relationships & Health Education Presentation

Please take the time to watch our recent 'Relationships & Health Education Presentation' and ask any questions you may have here. If you would like to request a phone call to discuss any questions please feel free to indicate this in the question section of the Google form.



Parent/Carer Guide to Statutory Relationships & Health Education at Dundonald

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:


Please do take time to read the following DfE publication: 

dfe rse primary schools guide for parents 2020.pdf

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-sex-and-health-education-guides-for-schools