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St Paul's C of E Primary

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We aim to deliver Relationships, Sex and Health Education in a balanced and sensitive manner set within a clear framework of Christian values, which engender a sense of awe and wonder for the children about their own physical and emotional development. RSHE is learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. Some aspects are taught in science and others are taught as part of Personal, Social, Health and Education (PSHE).

RSHE is an important part of a child’s education and is designed to equip them with accurate information, essential skills and confidence to grow, learn and develop positive, healthy behaviour to manage their lives as they move through puberty towards adulthood. It also gives children and young people essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful and non-exploitative relationships and staying safe both on and offline.

Aims and Objectives

Relationship and Sex Education and Health Education, as part of the Science and PSHE Curriculum (including statutory health education), consists of three main strands: attitudes and values, personal and social skills, and knowledge and understanding. We teach, in accordance with The Church of England and RSHE Guidance, pupils appropriately to their age, about:

  • Developing self-awareness and respect for their own bodies
  • Developing communication and decision making skills
  • Understanding their responsibilities within personal relationship issues
  • The physical development of their bodies as they grow into adults and the emotional changes that can occur
  • The way humans reproduce
  • The nature of stability in relationships and its importance to family life
  • The importance of positive body image and how the media can affect this
  • To keep safe online
  • The importance of sexual activity as part of a long-term committed relationship
  • Exploring related values, attitudes and moral questions and respecting the views of other people
  • What they should do if they are worried about any sexual matters


We teach RSHE in the context of the school’s aims and advice from the Department of Education (DFE) and Church of England. RSHE in our school means that we give pupils information about families and people who care for them, caring friendships, respectful relationships, online relationships, being safe and sexual behaviour, we do this with an awareness of the Christian ethos which underpins all our work in school. In particular, we teach RSHE in the belief that:

  • Children should be taught to have respect for their own bodies
  • Children should learn about their responsibility to others, and be aware of the consequences of their actions
  • It is important to build positive relationships with others, involving trust, respect and commitment
  • Children need to learn the importance of self-control
  • Relationship and Sex education should be taught in the context of stability in relationships; Relationship and Sex education is part of a wider social, personal, spiritual and moral education process

RSHE Documents