Our intent

What is PSHE ed and why do we need teach it?

As part of your child's educational experience at West Bretton Junior & Infant School, we aim to promote personal development and well-being through a comprehensive programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education. This gives children and young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.


Our implementation

How do we teach it?

In our school, we have adapted our scheme of work using the PSHE association materials. Children will cover PSHE through three main topics: Relationships, Health and Wellbeing, and Living in the Wider World. These topics have been carefully planned into a two-year cycle enabling children to recap and revisit areas throughout their time at West Bretton. In addition to discreet PSHE lessons, some of the content will be taught through other subjects such as Science, Computing and RE. It is also taught in specific themed weeks and days such as Anti-Bullying week, Safer Internet week, work related to Investors in Pupils, and in assemblies and circle time.

Our Long Term Curriculum Plan


Our intent

What is RSHE and why do we teach it?

From the summer term of 2021, it is a statutory requirement that all primary schools deliver a Relationships and Health education (RHE), with many schools teaching a Relationships, Sex and Health education (RSHE). The decision to teach the latter is made in consultation with the whole school community.

The Department for Education brought in the new curriculum in September 2020. They have set the expectations of what children should know by the end of Primary school, however schools are able to deliver this content in a way that is pertinent to their own pupils. By teaching RHE/RSHE at West Bretton, we nurture our children’s development to become compassionate and well-rounded individuals and give our children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships as well as helping them take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.

Our implementation

How do we teach it?

At West Bretton, we will teach RSHE as part of our PSHE ed lessons. Often, like PSHE, it will be integrated into other subjects such as Computing, Science and RE as well as themed weeks and days. The new RSHE guidance doesn’t cover everything needed for a comprehensive PSHE ed curriculum as vital elements such as the rights of the child, caring for the environment, economic education, and parts of British Values and SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education) are not included, therefore our RSHE lessons will be taught alongside this. 

RSHE curriculum

The new guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own wellbeing.

DfE guides for parents, giving information on the curriculum
Full statutory guidance

There is a summary of what children need to have covered in Relationships and Health Education by the end of primary school on pages 20 and 32.

Frequently asked questions

Consultation process

Much of the RSHE guidance is statutory, however as a school we have the flexibility of when we teach it during a child’s primary school years at West Bretton. We also have the decision to make of whether the teaching of sex education should be part of our children’s primary years or be solely taught at secondary school. As parents, you can help us to decide on what matters to our school and our community.

To help us plan for this engagement, we would like you to think about the  questions below and to invite you to become part of a RSHE/PSHE ed focus group.

For the focus group, we would like to have two parents from all year groups to help us, alongside the Governing Body engage with ALL parents and plan the steps we need to take to ensure that West Bretton pupils are well informed and have the confidence, both morally and socially, to make informed choices both now and in the future.

In summer term 2, we will be asking you about your views about the new curriculum and how we can best work with you to support your child with their learning. We will also be sharing our new RSHE/RHE policy for your perusal.

Please can you complete the initial questionnaire by clicking on the link below. This link has also been attached to the newsletter. If you would like a paper copy sending home, please don’t hesitate to ask by emailing the school office. Please can all questionnaires be completed by Monday 7th June.

RSHE Policy

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Thursday 11 August 2022