PSHE and Relationships Education

PSHE and Relationships Education 


Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education is a school subject that supports pupils to be healthy, safe and prepared for modern life. The PSHE Curriculum therefore covers a range of relevant (and often related) issues that face our children today, including those relating to mental and physical health, relationships, staying safe and aware online, economic wellbeing and careers.

Recent Government guidance, which was welcomed by the PSHE association (the national body for PSHE education), has stated that from September 2020 (under the Children and Social Work Act 2017), all schools must deliver core PSHE content, including compulsory coverage of health education and relationships education in Primary Schools. PSHE education also covers economic wellbeing and careers. This new guidance was updated to reflect consultation processes and covers a range of issues relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships.

At Nanpean School, we are now following the revised PSHE Scheme (2020) which has been devised by Cornwall Healthy Schools. Within this, the PSHE Curriculum is divided into three core themes which run throughout the key stages: Health and Wellbeing; Relationships; and Living in the Wider World. This was implemented from September 2020, with half termly focuses on the different elements required to be covered in PSHE.

We have also implemented a focus on careers and aspirations through our Curriculum offer to children, known as ‘Reach for the Stars’, and we will provide further information to children and parents in relation to this as the 2020-21 academic year progresses.

Relationship Education: 

From September 2020, Relationships Education was made compulsory in all primary schools in England and Relationships and Sex Education compulsory in all secondary schools, as well as Health Education being compulsory in all state-funded schools.

The Secretary of State, in the foreword to the Relationships Education guidance document, stated that:

‘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 appropriately summarises the need for children to be educated in relation to this, so they develop a deeper understanding of relevant themes and content. The aim at Nanpean School is for this to encompass the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts (including online). It is essential that our children understand how to be healthy, and the teaching of mental wellbeing is central to this, as children’s happiness is a priority for our families. We aim to ensure that this subject content, taught alongside wider work, will give children the knowledge and capability to take care of themselves and receive support if problems arise.