Implementation of statutory relationships education, relationships and sex education and health education (RSHE)
Schools should refer to the DfE statutory guidance to inform their delivery.
In addition, please find below resources designed to support you in your work within schools around implementation of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education. It includes the latest links to RSHE resources and trusted national organisations.
The Portsmouth PSHE framework has been finalised and is available here.
See our traded services website to find details of our offer, which provides schools with access to a range of quality assured resources, training, network meetings and advice, and supports the planning, teaching and leading of PSHE across both the primary and secondary school age range.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education gives pupils the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain.
PSHE Education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.
These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. When taught well, PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.
Resources, including Guidance on Preparing to Teach about Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing and a PSHE Education Programme of Study (Key stage 1-5) are available from the PSHE Association.
Teachers may need support to deliver high quality PSHE or relevant topic matter. The PSHE traded offer from Portsmouth City Council is in development, not all schools may buy into this. Strengthening knowledge around these topics within the teaching workforce would be useful e.g. the pastoral leads, or others. There are some useful resources available such as lesson plans on a range of issues such as bullying and cyberbulling, smoking, stress, alcohol, body image and positive relationships – ‘Rise Above’ – launched by Public Health England in September 2017.
The Public Health response to the Education Strategy consultation make clear the links between PSHE and physical health to outcomes for children and young people. This paper also links to useful guidance and resources.
Sex Education Forum (SEF)
The Sex Education Forum (SEF) has developed a poster explaining the need for good quality relationship and sex education (RSE) in schools.
The statements on the poster are based on research evidence and are supported by a wide range of partners, including NSPCC, Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society and NCB, and education unions ASCL, NASUWT, NEU, NAHT and UNISON. They are also supported by an increasing number of MPs and Peers.
SEF has produced the poster now because:
- the evidence base for good quality RSE is well established – we know what constitutes good practice
- The start date for statutory RSE is September 2019 but schools can start preparing for that now
- The Government has appointed Ian Bauckham to advise on RSE and lead stakeholder engagement, but no date has been fixed for publication of the draft guidance – schools need confidence about what constitutes good practice.
Schools are invited to download and use the statement to make their own commitment to good quality RSE. Whether the school’s RSE is already well established, or needs further improvement, the poster can be displayed, shared with parents, staff and governors and used as a springboard to develop the quality of RSE provision the school is working towards. For educators and organisations who support RSE, you can can download your own poster of support. Please find both versions of the poster on the SEF website.
The PSHE Association have created dedicated ‘back to school’ support packs for primary and secondary to help schools welcome their students back after closures and get them back on their feet. Download the packs here.
Portsmouth City Council has set up a PSHE mailbox so that workforce leads within Portsmouth City Council (including Chantelle Knight) can manage your enquiries around PSHE, including statutory Relationship, Sex and Health Education. The address is [email protected]