“Very useful day with plenty of practical (Relationship Education) activities and resources to share/use with staff”

Karen Davies, Blockley C of E Primary School

Relationship Education, Sex Education, and Health Education

What’s changed in Relationship Education?

Since September 2020 it has been a statutory expectation that all schools that teach children of primary age provide ‘relationships education’ in England.  ‘Primary’ schools also have to decide whether they teach sex education.

  • But what does this statutory duty require a school to cover and how should schools prepare these changes?
  • Should primary/ prep schools have a sex education programme, and if so, what should it include?
  • How much flexibility will schools have?
  • What content is compulsory?
  • How do schools engage with parents?
  • What does a good Relationship education policy look like?
  • Why are these changes being made?

Delivery of Relationships, Sex & Health Education will form part of any Regulatory or Compliance Inspection by Ofsted or ISI. For more details see our Preparing for Inspection section.

The DfE has said, “Through these subjects, we want to support all young people to be happy, healthy and safe – we want to equip them for adult life and to make a positive contribution to society.”

INSET Outcomes

  • Understand the context, principles and practice for teaching high quality Relationship Education
  • Understand what their school’s Relationship policy should include
  • Become familiar with exemplar materials and approaches
  • To be equipped to answer questions from children, colleagues and parents
  • To be confident in working with sensitive issues
  • Discuss practical strategies and schemes of work in school
  • To experience and share some interactive teaching/learning techniques

Clear Approaches and Strategies

This course is highly practical and interactive. Teachers will leave with a clear set of strategies and interventions which they can adopt in their teaching.

INSET Outline

The Statutory requirements : PSHEE Reg 2(2)(d)

  • What is mandatory and non-statutory?
  • What are we trying to achieve? 
  • What do good policies look like?
  • What flexibility do schools have?
  • Do parents have the right of withdraw?
  • Planning for the changes.
  • What will school inspections look for?

Effective and Engaging Relationship Education Lessons

  • Essential ingredients of Relationship Education lessons
  • Exploring a Relationship Education model lesson.
  • Effective and engaging strategies to use.

Sex Education

  • What does age-related sex education look like?
  • Should primary / prep schools teach it?
  • What should be the content of sex education beyond that found in the science curriculum?

Dealing with sensitive issues

  • Dealing with questions from pupils and parents

Looking to improve the quality of PSHE & RSHE Education in your school by improving the confidence of your teachers in PSHE Delivery ? Our whole staff INSET would be ideal for your school. Find out more here.



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