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PSHE & Wellbeing

At Alma Primary, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensively taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future. Our PSHE & Wellbeing curriculum includes Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).

From September 2020, the Department for Education made Relationships and Health Education compulsory in all primary schools.  

What does the new guidance mean?

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 will help them take responsibility for their own well-being.

As with all statutory subjects, there is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education or Health Education or any content from the science curriculum. For example, this means that pupils cannot be withdrawn from lessons on the changing adolescent body. Parents do have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of the Sex Education delivered in Year 6 only (conception and birth) following discussions with the Headteacher and PSHE & Wellbeing Lead.

Each year, we will send a letter to parents and carers of Year 6 children, to inform them when the Sex Education lessons will be taking place. We use the Christopher Winter Project scheme of work, which covers all the statutory and non-statutory requirements in this area.

Content of PSHE Curriculum

We deliver our comprehensive PSHE curriculum across the three areas:

  • Relationships Education
  • Health Education
  • Living in the Wider World

We use the Barnet Health Education Partnership Framework, Christopher Winter Project and Heads Up Emotional Literacy programme. We are currently trialling a KS1 Heads Up programme in Year 1.

In addition to our existing provision, we are incorporating the ‘Expect Respect’ prevention toolkit – an initiative run by Women’s Aid in partnership with Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, to educate children and young people through the campaign ‘Abuse is Not Love.’ The toolkit will enable our staff to lead sessions around healthy relationships, hold conversations about the root causes of violence and educate young people on gender-based violence.