Woodthorpe Primary School

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PSHE and RSHE Policy

Statutory Framework


The Relationships, Sex Education and Health Education (RSHE) aspects of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) are now compulsory within all schools.

RSHE covers broad areas of particular relevance and concern to children and young people today - mental health and wellbeing, physical health (including healthy lifestyles and first aid) and learning about safe, healthy relationships, including understanding consent and negotiating life online. These new statutory requirements do not extend to sex education at KS1 and 2 (beyond the biological/reproductive aspects schools are already required to cover in science). Parents of UKS2 pupils will have the right to withdraw their child from sex education but not from statutory Relationships Education or Health Education.

In developing a PSHE scheme of work at Woodthorpe, we have taken objectives from the PSHE Association programme of study, as well as DfE guidance which can be found here





At Woodthorpe Primary School, we believe that PSHE help sto give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding  they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives, in order to become informed, active and responsible citizens.


The aims of the PSHE curriculum at Woodthorpe are to:

  • Promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all pupils
  • Prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
  • Encourage pupils to value themselves and others
  • Allow pupils to acknowledge and appreciate difference and diversity
  • Teach pupils how to make informed choices
  • Prepare pupils to be positive and active members of a democratic society
  • Teach pupils to understand what constitutes a safe and healthy lifestyle
  • Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place
  • Promote safety in forming and maintaining relationships
  • Provide pupils with a toolkit for understanding and managing their emotions
  • Provide pupils with the opportunities to consider issues which may affect their own lives and/or the lives of others
  • Help pupils to identify the characteristics of healthy relationships, how relationships may affect mental and physical health; and how to stay safe online
  • Prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene
  • Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
  • Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships
  • Teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies



Delivery of PSHE (including RSHE)


Children at Woodthorpe take part in daily circles within their classes, focusing discussion around various aspects of the PSHE curriculum. These are often tailored to the needs of the class, and may link to current affairs. In order to supplement these discussions, children also receive formal lessons of PSHE. Examples of work completed in these lessons are then recorded in a class PSHE book. We aim to have at least one piece of evidence for each of the following strands of the PSHE curriculum over the academic year:

  • Healthy lifestyles (physical wellbeing)
  • Mental health
  • Ourselves, growing and changing
  • Keeping safe
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco (Year 5 and 6 only)
  • Families and close positive relationships
  • Friendships
  • Managing hurtful behaviour and bullying
  • Safe relationships
  • Respecting self and others
  • Shared responsibilities
  • Communities
  • Media literacy and digital resilience
  • Economic wellbeing: money
  • Economic wellbeing: aspirations, work and career





As far as is appropriate, pupils with special educational needs should follow the same PSHE education programme as all other students. Careful consideration is given concerning the level of differentiation needed, and in some cases the content or delivery will have to be adapted. Teachers and/or teaching assistants work with individual pupils where required, and if appropriate.



Policy Development


1. Review – a member of the leadership team, utilising national guidance, developed a draft policy.

2. Staff consultation – staff were given the opportunity to look at the policy and make recommendations.

3. Ratification – the policy was shared with and reviewed by governors from the Child & Community Committee and approved by the full Governing Body.

PSHE (Inc SRE) Policy