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 how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. This is why the Department for Education have made Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools in England and Relationships and Sex Education compulsory in all secondary schools, as well as making Health Education compulsory in all state-funded schools.
In primary schools, the intent is to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy.
Relationships, sex and health education at Gusford
At Gusford Primary School, we aim to equip our children with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills needed to become confident young adults and good citizens of the future. This includes an awareness of how to build and maintain healthy relationships and how to keep oneself and others safe.
We are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all pupils at Gusford Primary School and strategies that support this are our Emotional Learning Support provision and pastoral small group support, alongside quality teaching and learning about awareness and management of mental health through the RSHE curriculum.
What is RSHE and why is it important?
RSE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education) is about the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils, and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity. It is about understanding the importance of loving and caring relationships. RSHE involves a combination of sharing information, and exploring issues and values.