Relationships & Health Education (RHE)

PSHE & RHE at Slaley First School

PSHE & RHE education is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, RHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

RHE education equips pupils to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of RHE education is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.

RHE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.

RHE education can help schools to reduce or remove many of the barriers to learning experienced by pupils, significantly improving their capacity to learn and achieve. The RHE education programme makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety and the school’s statutory responsibility to promote pupils’ wellbeing. In addition the learning provided through a comprehensive RHE education provision is essential to safeguarding pupils, as Ofsted has set out.  


At Slaley First School it is expected that the RHE programme will provide all children with:

  • accurate, balanced and relevant knowledge
  • opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding
  • opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
  • the skills, language and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives
  • opportunities to develop positive personal attributes such as resilience, self-confidence, self-esteem, and empathy


This programme of study for RHE gives children the opportunity to:-

  • Develop confidence and responsibility, making the most of their abilities.
  • Prepare to play an active role as citizens.
  • Develop a healthy, safer lifestyle.
  • Relationships: develop and maintain positive and healthy relationships of all kinds, including friendships; recognising and dealing with unhealthy relationships (including bullying); understanding how to communicate effectively and confidently within relationships.


Breadth of study

Each class has a separate programme of study for the teaching of RHE. These programmes work on a two year cycle so as to accommodate mixed age teaching. Within the cycles some themes such as bullying are covered each year. For these themes differentiated tasks are used within the class to ensure progression.

Although we have separate teaching time for RHE we are aware that many of the relevant skills and concepts are involved in other curricular and extra-curricular activities. 

School Council.- developing confidence and responsibility.

Buddies.- developing good relationships.

Reward systems.-developing good relationships; many aspects covered, including school rules.

Praise Assemblies.-developing confidence and responsibility.

Lunch time systems.-developing good relationships, developing an awareness of healthy lifestyles.

Fund raising activities.-preparing to play an active role as citizens

Visits by outside agencies such as the school nurse.-developing a healthy, safer lifestyle.

Circle Time. -developing confidence, responsibility and good relationships.

Science Curriculum.- developing healthy, safer lifestyles.

PE curriculum.-developing healthy, safer lifestyles.

Curriculum focus on healthy eating and lifestyles.-developing healthy,safer lifestyles.

School clubs – developing healthy, safer lifestyles.