“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angleo

National Curriculum Guidance on PSHE States:

Schools must provide a PSHE programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

In 2019, The Department for Education produced statutory guidance on the teaching of Relationships and Health Education (RHE) within the PSHE curriculum. This stated:

·         Children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.

·         The subjects should put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online.

·         Teaching should foster pupil wellbeing and develop resilience and character, fundamental to pupils being happy, successful and productive members of society.

·         Pupils should believe that they can achieve goals, both academic and personal and to recover from knocks and challenging periods in their lives.

·         Pupils should develop personal attributes including kindness, integrity, generosity, and honesty.

·         Teaching should help young people to become successful and happy adults, who make a meaningful contribution to society.


When teaching RHE as part of a wider PSHE curriculum at George’s, we intend to provide a curriculum which is accessible to all through high-quality, age-appropriate teaching. Children will be taught how to stay healthy, how to stay safe on and off-line, how to manage risks safely, how to manage their emotions and to understand and develop safe and healthy relationships both now and in their future lives. Pupils will be taught how to make informed decisions in their lives, enabling them to become confident, healthy, independent and responsible members of a society.

At St. George’s, we subscribe to Life to the Full Plus, a programme in Relationship and Health Education for Catholic primary schools in England, and Relationships and Sexuality Education in Wales. The structure of Life to the Full is based on ‘A Model Catholic RSE Curriculum’ by the Catholic Education Service, which was highlighted as a work of good practice by the Department of Education. They have gone beyond simply producing a series of lesson plans and instead have created an entire platform of creative resources to engage, inform and inspire children, parents and staff.

Pupils will have the confidence, resilience and self-esteem needed to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

In developing confidence and resilience, the children should have higher aspirations and also be better prepared to learn and achieve well in all subjects of the wider curriculum.

They will develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

By developing relationships and empathy for others, pupils will have respect for both pupils and adults in school, reducing incidents of negative behaviour.

By understanding what makes a safe and healthy relationship, children will know how to assess and deal with people they meet both off and on-line preventing them from being put in high-risk situations.

Through learning how to be healthy, pupils should develop a healthier lifestyle.

In line with the school’s vision statement, ‘In the Light of Christ, we will learn what we need to be the difference in our world’, throughout the programme and during their time at St. George’s, pupils will develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to become confident, healthy, happy, successful individuals and productive members of society.

PSHE Overview