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St Peter's Catholic Primary School

St Peter's Catholic Primary School

Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)


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 Relationships Education and Health Education is compulsory in all primary schools in England.

The guiding principles are that all of the compulsory subject content must be age appropriate and developmentally appropriate. It must be taught sensitively and inclusively, with respect to the backgrounds and beliefs of pupils and parents while always with the aim of providing pupils with the knowledge they need of the law.

In primary schools, the subject aims to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This sits alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy which is complemented by development of personal attributes including kindness, integrity, generosity, and honesty. 

These subjects represent a huge opportunity to help our children and young people develop. The knowledge and attributes gained will support their own, and others’, wellbeing and attainment and help young people to become successful and happy adults who make a meaningful contribution to society.

Taken/ adapted from the Foreword by The Secretary of  State (Read the full article here.)

RHSE at St Peter's 

How we teach RHSE at St Peter's 

In order to effectively teach RHSE, which encompasses children's social, emotional,  spiritual, moral and physical development we have broken down RHSE into the following areas: 

  • Relationship & Sex Education
  • Physical Health & Mental Wellbeing 
  • Citizenship & British Values 

You can find out more about what we cover in each of these areas by using the links to your left and the curriculum overviews below.