WHISTON JUNIOR AND INFANT SCHOOL: Personal, Social, Health and Economics Education (PSHE) Policy and Scheme of Work

PSHE education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Our Programme of Study for PSHE education (key stages 1-5) aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamworking and critical thinking in the context of learning grouped into three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education).

The national curriculum also states that ‘all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice'. PSHE education contributes to schools' statutory duties outlined in the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010 to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum and is essential to Ofsted judgements in relation to personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding.

The relationships and health aspects of PSHE education will be compulsory in all schools from September 2020.

Please note: Our PSHE curriculum is under review this year (February 2020). The schemes of work we are using below are from Rotherham's Healthy Schools programme but will be updated to coincide with the new guidelines in readiness for September 2020.

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Relationship and Sexual Health Education

Whiston Junior and Infant School aims to provide quality education for children between four and eleven years of age.

Our aim is to provide high standards of teaching and learning through:

  • A rich, broad, balanced and creative curriculum which sustains the engagement of all learners.
  • Operating an environment which is safe, healthy, caring and supportive for everyone.
  • Encouraging self reliance and pride in all achievements.
  • Developing learning skills and a love of learning, including the ability to question, enquire and be independent in their approach to learning.
  • Promoting the development of tolerance and respect for others, regardless of race, creed or gender and ensure that all learners have equality of opportunity.

Maintained primary schools in England and Wales have a legal responsibility to:

  • Teach children about the human body and human reproduction as part of the National Curriculum
  • Decide whether sex education beyond that contained in the National Curriculum should be included in the school’s curriculum
  • Have a written policy on sex and relationships education
  • Ensure that any RSHE is embedded in Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education to ensure that pupils consider the moral aspects of sex education and are encouraged to develop loving and caring relationships
  • Have regard to RSHE Guidance issued by the DfEE in July 2000

The Governing Body of Whiston Junior and Infant School believes that RSHE is a vital element of our children’s healthy development. A parent has a legal right to withdraw their child(ren) from all or part of any RSHE provided (but not from the biological aspects of human growth and reproduction necessary under the National Curriculum for science). We wish to work in partnership with all parents and strongly recommend that any parent considering this action discusses their concerns with the head teacher.


We teach RSHE at Whiston because:

  • ‘Effective sex and relationship education is essential if young people are to make responsible and well informed decisions about their lives’. The school has a key role, in partnership with parents/carers, in providing RSHE.
  • Research has shown that young people who feel good about themselves are more knowledgeable and confident about safe and healthy relationships.
  • ‘Research demonstrates that good, comprehensive sex and relationship education does not make young people more likely to enter into sexual activity. Indeed it can help them learn the reasons for, and the benefits to be gained from, delaying such activity’.

‘Sex and Relationship Education Guidance’ [DfES 2000]


The overall aims of the RSHE programme at Whiston:

  • To provide accurate information and dispel myths
  • To help children reach their own informed views and choices for a healthier lifestyle
  • To develop respect and care for others and themselves
  • To increase children’s self esteem
  • To develop skills relevant to effective management of relationships and sexual situations (e.g. communication, empathy towards others, risk assessment, assertiveness, conflict management, decision-making, seeking help and helping others)

See our RSHE Policy - under review at the moment (February 2020)

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