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Personal, Social and Health Education (including RSE)

In September 2013, the DfE published a new National Curriculum that took effect in September 2014.  Whilst personal, social and health education (PSHE) remains a non-statutory subject, section 2.5 of the National Curriculum framework document states that: 

‘All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice.’

All schools have statutory duties to meet Section 2.1 of the National Curriculum framework which also states that: 

‘Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’

PSHE education is a non-statutory subject.  In order to fulfil its duties relating to the Social Moral Spiritual and Cultural development of children, their behaviour and safety, and to provide a broad and balanced curriculum , a school’s best approach is to ensure that a comprehensive programme of PSHE education is in place. 

However, in 2020 the Department of Education released the compulsory heath, relationships education and relationships and sex education (RSE) guidance that we encompass within our teaching of PSHE. This includes aspects such developing children’s understanding of what constitutes a healthy relationship including online relationships. Supporting children to develop healthy habits and have some understanding of how to maintain both their physical and mental health.


The benefits to pupils of such an approach are numerous as PSHE prepares them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, 

challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.  

At Sholing Infant School PSHE is taught explicitly as a discrete lesson , organised into three themes, which are taught each year: Health and wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the wider world. Each unit is taught twice each year with learning developed each time a unit is revisited. The schemes of work for the PSHE units  can be downloaded from the links below. PSHE is also taught through the day to day work of the school, e.g. through assemblies and the school’s behaviour policy as children learn ‘The Golden Rules’ and ‘The Golden Words’

Should you have any questions then do please speak to either our headteacher Mrs Houghton, or our PSHE leader Miss Cooper.