Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) are school subjects through which students develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. It helps children and young people to stay healthy and safe, while preparing them to make the most of life and work. PSHE/RSE education also helps pupils to achieve their academic potential.


What do children and young people gain from PSHE/RSE education?

  • Relationships: including developing and maintaining positive relationships and dealing with negative relationships. This may include learning about bullying, consent, how to communicate effectively, inappropriate behaviour in relationships and, at a later stage, topics such as sexual coercion and grooming.

  • Developing independence, resilience and responsibility: including preparing children and young people to face life’s challenges and make the most of life’s opportunities.

  • Health: including healthy lifestyles, healthy eating and exercise; mental and emotional health; drug, alcohol and tobacco education; emergency life-saving skills.

  • Managing risk: including understanding personal safety and online safety; financial choices and risks; appreciating the value of taking risks in certain situations (e.g. entrepreneurial risks).

  • Economic wellbeing: including the role of money, influences on our use of money, gambling, careers education

  • Employability skills: including learning about enterprise, business and finance. Developing the skills and attributes to succeed at work, including communication skills and confidence.


We want all children to grow up healthy, happy, safe, and able to manage the challenges and opportunities of modern Britain. These subjects are designed to equip your child with knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a successful adult life. The world for all young people looks very different from the way it did 20 years ago when this curriculum was last updated by the Government – these changes bring the content into the 21st century, so that it is relevant for your child. There is a dedicated teaching period on your child’s timetable where these carefully planned and constructed lessons are delivered by your child’s Form Tutor. The Progress Manager for each Year Group is responsible for overseeing these lessons.  At Wilsthorpe School we will deliver the content in a way that is age and developmentally appropriate and sensitive to the needs of our students.


The Relationships, Sex and Health Education element aims to give young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds. During your child’s time at Wilsthorpe School the content will cover what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like and what makes a good friend, colleague and successful marriage or committed relationship. At the appropriate time, the focus will move to developing intimate relationships, to equip your child with knowledge they need to make safe, informed and healthy choices as they progress through adult life. It also aims to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise.


The important lessons you as parents or carers teach your child about healthy relationships, looking after themselves and staying safe, are respected and valued under this new curriculum.  As a parent or carer you cannot withdraw your child from Health Education or the Relationships Education element of Relationships and Sex Education, because it is important that all children receive this content, covering topics such as friendships and how to stay safe. If you do not want your child to take part in some or all of the Sex Education lessons delivered, you can ask that they are withdrawn. The Head Teacher will consider this request and discuss it with you, and will grant this in all but exceptional circumstances, up until three school terms before your child turns 16. At this age, your child can choose to receive Sex Education if they would like to, and the school will arrange for your child to receive this teaching in one of those three terms (unless there are exceptional circumstances).

Please note that the science curriculum in all maintained schools also includes content on human development, including reproduction, which there is no right to withdraw from.


An outline of the PSHE/RSE Curriculum can be found here

An overview of PSHE/RSE in the Sixth Form can be found here.


All students are taught programs of study with a focus on online-safety through their Computing lessons, and the school is an active participant of Safer Internet Day each year and new developments/issues surrounding online safety are discussed in Tutor Time. Information to help keep your child safe online can be found on several websites.


The following we have found to be particularly useful:


Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) website is run by the National Crime Agency. It has links to various websites and information available for all ages of children.

More information related to all things Online-Safety can be found here.

​We believe that we will prepare children for the future and raise standards across the curriculum by stimulating student’s imaginations, developing empathy and providing opportunities for critical thinking and problem solving.   This includes promoting British Values.  The values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are promoted through the delivery of our curriculum, specific sessions and assemblies to develop children ’s social and emotional understanding.

Please find our British Values statement here.