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PSHRE at South Parade Primary School


We aim to ensure that our parents are fully aware of all aspects of our PSHRE curriculum offer. Please read the information below. We welcome your feedback. 


At South Parade Primary School we value the importance of our children’s physical, social and health education. We aim to support each child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) throughout the teaching of our curriculum. Within the rapidly changing world in which we live, it is vital that these areas are explored in a safe and supportive environment. Personal, Social, Health and Relationships Education (PSHRE) and Citizenship enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. Our pupils are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. They learn how society is organised and governed and experience the process of democracy in school. We provide opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse society.


You will be aware that as a part of your child’s educational experience at South Parade Primary School, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Relationships (PSHRE) education.  This gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future. 

From September 2020 the Department for Education made Relationships and Health Education compulsory in all primary schools.


What does the guidance mean?

The guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and will help them take responsibility for their own well-being.

As with all statutory subjects, there is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education or Health Education or any content from the Science curriculum. This means that pupils cannot be withdrawn from lessons on the Changing Adolescent Body. Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of the Sex Education delivered in Year 6 only (conception and birth) following discussions with the Head Teacher or Deputy Head Teacher (Mrs Peace or Mrs Fieldhouse). A letter will be sent out prior to any teaching where lesson withdrawal is an option.


How is this delivered?

This guidance forms part of our school’s PSHRE education programme which is taught throughout the school in every year group and is monitored and reviewed regularly.

All teaching in PSHRE takes place in a safe learning environment and be underpinned by our school’s vision and values. A variety of opportunities are provided for pupils to ask questions to further their understanding and to find out more about what affects them personally.



Suggestions and questions

It is important that there is an open conversation between parents and school to ensure that the children are given the best PSHRE provision possible.

We consulted with parents when the guidance first came out. We now have a well-established PSHRE curriculum that teachers deliver with confidence.

We are however always open to views and opinions about our provision for this subject. We encourage any feedback as well as any questions that you, as parents, may have about the coverage.


  • What are your thoughts on our current curriculum for RSE and personal, social, health and relationships (PSHRE) education? Do you think this curriculum meets your child’s needs?
  • Is there anything we’re not covering that you think we need to address?
  • Is there something we could cover more/less?
  • What do you think about the way we deliver PSHRE to pupils?


Further information on the new statutory requirements is available on:


A PowerPoint Presentation, an explainer video and a copy of our PSHRE Policy has also been uploaded to the school website for your information.


Please contact Mrs E Fieldhouse (PSHRE subject lead) through the school office or email if you have any questions.


Thank you for your support,


Mrs E Fieldhouse.