Relationships & Sex Education

RSE and PSHE Subject overviews, policies and progression documents...

This page provides an overview for parents. 

For our curriculum progression document, policy and other key information, please visit our RSE Curriculum Page at   

Relationship & Sex Education

(sometimes referred to as RSHE)

 The Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019, made under sections 34 and 35 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017, make Relationships Education compulsory for all pupils receiving primary education.

While sex education is not compulsory in primary education, Westerings Primary Academy follows DfE recommendations to provide additional, age appropriate, sex education, beyond the national curriculum for science, to prepare pupils for transition to secondary school and puberty. 

Westerings RSHE update for parents 2022
Westerings RHSE Leaflet for parents

Values and attitudes

Equal opportunities

It is intended that the academy’s RSHE policy and programme will reflect the ethos of the academy, by providing a secure, inclusive, non-judgemental environment in which to learn. Therefore, no child or family will be discriminated against on grounds of race, gender, health, ability or sexuality. The policy and content will comply with LA and government guidance.

Young people have varying needs regarding RSHE depending on their circumstances and background.  At Westerings Primary Academy we believe that all pupils should have access to RSHE that is relevant to their particular needs.  

To achieve this, the school’s approach to RSHE takes account of:

Knowledge and understanding


Emotional Understanding

Moral and Values framework

The RSE Curriculum

RSE is based within Science and Personal Social and Health Education. Any topics covered as part of the science curriculum are statutory. 

At Westerings Primary Academy the RSE programme is delivered as part of our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum by our teachers. Westerings Primary Academy use the ‘Christopher Winter Project’ to teach RSE. Additional quality assured resources, sourced from the PSHE Association, are also used to support in the teaching of this.

The RSHE programme is linked to the PSHE Scheme of work (PSHE Association) which includes Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning and aims to develop three main elements: 

We believe that if the programme is successful it will help young people to respect themselves and others and move with confidence from childhood through adolescence into adulthood. The overarching objectives for PSHE and RSE include:

Objectives in Key Stage 1:

Objectives in Key Stage 2:

For the full outline of the RSHE objectives taught in individual year groups, please see the RSHE Subject Overview below.

Our RSHE Curriculum

Relationship, Sexual and Health Education (RSHE) at Westerings Primary Academy aims to support children throughout their time at the academy and beyond.

The overarching aim is that good quality RSHE keeps children safe and protects children from harm. It is clear that lack of quality RSHE leaves pupils vulnerable to abuse and exploitation (Ofsted 2013). It helps Westerings to fulfil its duties to protect, safeguard and promote the well-being of their pupils. A comprehensive programme of RSHE provides accurate information about the body, reproduction, sex and sexual health. 

Westerings Primary Academy delivers the national curriculum for science. At key stages 1 and 2, this includes teaching about the main external body parts and changes to the human body as it grows from birth to old age, including puberty. 

Science Learning Objective Breakdown 

Westerings Primary Academy delivers the national curriculum for science. At key stages 1 and 2, this includes teaching about the main external body parts and changes to the human body as it grows from birth to old age, including puberty. 

There is no legal right for parents to withdraw children from the national curriculum for science. 

Our curriculum for teaching science can be viewed online on our website.

Within the Science Curriculum, a range of RSE objectives are taught. In Key Stage 1, we teach the children that animals, including humans, produce offspring, which grow into adults, and we also teach them about the main parts of the body. In Key Stage 2, we teach about life processes including reproduction and the main stages of the human life style, in greater depth.

Consultation with Parents and Carers

We appreciate all of the feedback that we have received to ensure that this part of the curriculum is continuously reviewed. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Our most recent reviews have been Autumn 2019/20 and 2022/23. 

RHSE Update for Parents 2022.mp4
PSHE and SRE parent workshop January 2020.pptx

Right to Withdraw

The right to be excused from Sex Education (the right to withdraw) - Referenced from our school RSE policy

When a pupil is excused from sex education, we will ensure that this pupil receives appropriate, purposeful education during the period of withdrawal.