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Relationship and Health Education (RHE)


Relationships and Health Education (RHE)

including Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)


As a part of your child’s educational experience at Roman Way Primary School, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives children and young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.

The Department for Education has made changes to Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health (RHE and SRE) following nationwide consultation which came into effect from September 2020 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found at:


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 help them take responsibility for their own well-being.
Consequently, from September 2020, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, will be statutory, and form part of the National Curriculum.


We have reviewed our RHE (including SRE) curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RHE (including SRE) provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:

  • Age
  • Physical and emotional maturity
  • Religious and cultural backgrounds
  • Special educational needs and disabilities


As part of this process, the school is consulting with parents, staff and governors to help us to inform our schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is covered.


The Consultation Questions are as follows:

  1. Would you like support at home, on how to speak to your child about relationship and sex?
  2. Are there any changes or additions that you think should be made to the RHE (including SRE) Policy?
  3. Are there any changes or additions that you think should be made to the RHE (including SRE) Curriculum Outline?
  4. Thinking about relationships and sex education, what do you believe is the most important subject area that should be taught for different age groups/key stages and why?
  5. Thinking about relationships, health and sex education, is there an area that you think should not be taught for different age groups/key stages and why?


This consultation will enable us to reach a general consensus and make adjustments to our policy and curriculum based on this feedback. Please follow this link to complete the survey if you would like to share your thoughts/answers:


The right to withdraw children from some lessons is explained in the FAQs which is on our website (see below).

To help you understand the curriculum requirements, please look at the information below which provides more detail.


Please find below:

  • A summary of what all pupils are expected to know by the end of primary school;
  • A PowerPoint presentation for parents (saved as a PDF) gives an overview of RHE (and SRE) and the rationale behind the curriculum changes;
  • DfE guidance that outlines statutory requirements and answers FAQs
  • A outline of our RHE curriculum at Roman Way.


To be uploaded soon:

  • Our Policy for Relationships, Health and Sex Education - written and due to be agreed by Governors as part of the consultation process, which is why your views are so important.