Personal, social, health and economics education (PSHE)

At Stapleford Abbotts Primary Academy we teach PSHE through the PSHE Association which is the national body for PSHE education. They are a charity and membership organisation that supports a network of over 50,000 teachers, schools and practitioners across the country.


PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. From making responsible decisions about alcohol to succeeding in their first job, PSHE education helps pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up. Pupils agree that PSHE education is a vital part of their preparation for life, with 92% of those who have been taught the subject believing all young people should receive high-quality PSHE lessons.


PSHE education makes a crucial contribution to schools' duties. The Education Act 2002 requires all schools to teach a curriculum that is ‘broadly based, balanced and meets the needs of pupils’. Schools must ‘promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’ while having a duty to keep pupils safe.

RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)

Although The Relationships Education, Relationship & Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019 made Relationship Education compulsory in all primary schools and parents are unable to withdraw their child from this; sex education is currently not compulsory. However, the Department for Education continues to recommend that all primary schools should have a sex education programme tailored to the age and maturity of the pupils.

In Year 6 children are taught about healthy relationships and Sex education however at Stapleford we always send a letter prior to the unit of work to parents and carers detailing what will be taught, sharing the videos we use from the PSHE Association and asking for parental consent.

Our Policy and Progression documents below outline clearly what is being taught in each year group with the RSE curriculum highlighted in yellow . This policy is set out to explain how and why RSE is taught at Stapleford Abbotts Primary Academy.