Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy and also how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. As a result of this Relationship Education is now compulsory in all primary schools in England as is Health Education.
This policy outlines our school’s commitment to provide effective RSHE for all pupils. It has been written with regard to the Department of Education’s RSHE guidance 2019, and other relevant guidance documents and statutory requirements. The RSHE teaching in this school contributes to our statutory duty to safeguard children and prepare them for the responsibilities and experiences of adult life. RSHE is taught in an age-appropriate manner throughout the school.
Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) is lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development.
We want to be able to provide children and young people with key building blocks of being physically and mentally healthy, understanding relationships, including online contact and good digital wellbeing.
Pupils will learn about the benefits and importance of having hobbies and interests, daily exercise, good nutrition and sufficient sleep, we also aim to give pupils the language and knowledge to understand the normal range of emotions that everyone experiences.
They will also cover healthy relationships, different families, respect, love and care, reproduction, puberty, hygiene, the body, how a baby is made and sexuality. There is often concern that RSHE will encourage sexual experimentation however, evidence shows that those who receive effective RSHE at school are more likely to delay first sexual activity.
In the primary school we are building the foundations of skills and knowledge that will be developed further at secondary level.
Through delivery of RSHE we aim to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise.