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Maple Cross JMI & Nursery

Personal, Social & Health Education including relationship education

Curriculum subject leader: Mrs Hannah Trickett

The Government updated statutory guidance which came into effect from September 2020.

The revised curriculum subjects include:

  • relationships education (primary)
  • relationships and sex education (RSE) (secondary)
  • health education (state-funded primary and secondary)

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 we 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.

Secretary of State

The PSHE Curriculum- 2020 and beyond

Pupils at Maple Cross develop healthy thinking skills that allow them to challenge, question and reflect on all aspects of their life and the lives of those in their local and global community. Through the school’s attributes (REFLECT / LEAD / ASPIRE) and the PSHE curriculum the children become equipped with the tools needed to navigate an ever-changing world. 

At Maple Cross we follow the Heart Smart scheme of work because the five key themes mirror our school values and ethos. The Heart Smart overview details how the relationships education and health education requirements are covered.

Progression is a key aspect of the Heart Smart scheme of work and ensure children build on previous learning and deepen their understanding.

For further information, you can click on the HeartSmart section in the parent tab for links to videos as well as following HeartSmart on Twitter @HeartSmartSch

In addition to the Relationship Education we have supplemented our curriculum with additional lessons. These include themes of hygiene, body awareness and sex education because it meets the needs of our children. Body awareness and sex education form a vital aspect of our whole school safeguarding approach.