The national curriculum states clear objectives with regards to the curriculum:
Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and must cover key areas:
In addition, 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. They also make Health Education compulsory in all schools except independent schools. Therefore, parents do not have the right to withdraw their child from Relationships or Health Education but for the parts of the primary curriculum which cover Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) parents have the right to request their child be excused from this aspect.
The focus of Relationships Education in primary schools should be on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults. The focus of Physical Health and mental well-being in primary schools should be on teaching the characteristics of good physical health and mental well-being. Teachers should be clear that mental well-being is a normal part of daily life, in the same way as physical health.
The statutory guidance Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education details how this should be taught.
We have designed ‘essential characteristics’ as the key drivers for our personal, social, health and relationships curriculum.
Children should leave our school with crucial knowledge, understanding and skills: