Relationships and Sex Education

We all want our children to grow up healthy, happy, safe, and able to manage the challenges and opportunities of adult life in modern Britain. The government have recognised this and as a result since September 2020 it has been compulsory for all primary school aged children to be taught Relationships Education and Health Education.

Relationships Education

We will put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online.

Your child will be taught what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who can support them. In an age-appropriate way, your child’s school will cover how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect.

By the end of primary school, pupils will have been taught content on:

  • families and people who care for me
  • caring friendships
  • respectful relationships
  • online relationships
  • being safe

Health Education

Health Education 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.

By the end of primary school, pupils will have been taught content on:

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Facts and risks associated with drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and prevention
  • Basic first aid
  • Changing adolescent body
  • Sex Education

We believe that pupils should be given the opportunity to access a curriculum which prepares them for the changes that adolescence brings. We are choosing to provide our pupils with a sensitive, age appropriate curriculum which includes the components of Sex Education. 

Our aims

To prepare pupils for the changes that occur to their bodies, minds and emotions as a consequence of growth from childhood to adulthood.
To help support young people through spiritual, physical, emotional and moral development.
To work in partnership with parents, families and the wider community to promote positive relationships and effective support for young people.
The Department for Education recommends that all primary schools should have a Sex Education programme tailored to the age and the physical and emotional maturity of the pupils.

At Brookhurst Primary School we use a programme named ‘My Feelings, Friends & Family’ This includes lessons on all aspects of compulsory Relationships and Health Education, designed in a sensitive and age-appropriate curriculum.

Additional information about the programme can be found below, you can also find an overview and detailed progression of skills and knowledge in the PSHE Long Term Plan.


RSE Policy