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RHE, PSHE & Well-being

PSHE education gives pupils the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain…. When taught well, PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.”

PSHE Association

Meaning of acronyms

PSHE: Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education 

RHE: Relationship and Health Education 

What is the difference between RHE and PSHE

From September 2020, it is statutory for all primary schools to teach relationships and health education (RHE).

RHE is statutory for all children, whilst PSHE remains non-statutory and in Michael Faraday, we follow the recommendation that RHE is within the wider PSHE curriculum. 

Why do we teach PSHE & RHE (Relationship and Health Education)? 

At Michael Faraday, we believe teaching PSHE & RHE will support our children to become independent, confident, healthy and responsible global citizens. Not only do we want our children to develop these necessary skills and values, but we believe they underpin and support their development and learning; intellectually, morally, socially and spiritually.

Our PSHE & RHE equips children with relevant and meaningful content, which is supported through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health.

With an ever-changing society and varied community we believe it is crucial to provide our children with a strong understanding of the diverse world around them and support them in playing a positive role in contributing to the school and the wider community.

Through our whole-school approach to PSHE & RHE, it is our belief that continually developing these skills will provide our children with the necessary tools to take care of their own mental health and allow them to achieve their best, not only academically throughout their time in education, but beyond and into their own futures.

What do we teach?

At Michael Faraday, we use the Jigsaw Curriculum to teach PSHE, which includes the RHE curriculum. Click on the link below to see the curriculum overview for PSHE & RHE.


What does the RHE curriculum teach about LGBTQ issues?

Click on the link below to see the information leaflet written to parents and carers, with information about the LGBTQ content of the Jigsaw materials and how they support the school to meet its statutory obligations.  If you would like to discuss this programme further, please contact the school to make an appointment with Sarah (Deputy) and/or Laura (PSHE leader). 

How do we support children's well-being and mental health?

Our vision helps children understand and value how they fit into and contribute to the world.  At Michael Faraday there is a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health.

We have a caring and inclusive learning environment;  we create safe and supportive spaces within the school where children feel comfortable expressing themselves and confident to seek help should they need support.

Support/strategies that we have in place at Michael Faraday: 

  • Jigsaw scheme of work embedded, which incorporates mental health education into the curriculum. The content of the lessons helps to raise awareness of mental health, reduce stigma and help children to understand and manage their mental health and well-being.  The lessons also include mindfulness, which allows children to advance their emotional awareness, self-regulation and concentration.
  • Training staff to recognise signs of mental health issues and providing them with strategies to respond appropriately.
  • Child counsellor providing targeted support (4 days a week).
  • In every class there is a full-time Teaching Assistant to support the children's academic and emotional needs.  We also have additional support staff to support children with more complex needs.
  • A school dog - children interacting with a friendly and non-judgmental school dog can provide emotional support to them. 
  • Buddy system:  Year 6 children acting as a mentor and 'buddy' for Reception children.
  • 2 trained ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants)
  • 2 SENCO (each 3 days a week and non-class based) as well as a non-class based deputy
  • Events to raise awareness such as kindness week, anti-bullying week,  Children’s Mental Health Week.
  • Confidential school reporting system to ensure that SLT are aware of concerns/incidents and follow up is good practice in responding to children’s well-being.

Support from outside agencies:

  • Southwark Educational Psychology Service
  • Family Early Help Service
  • 1st Place Child and Family Centre
  • Mentivity 
  • The Nest (Groundwork) Wellbeing Service
  • Autism Support Team, who provide support and resources for the wellbeing of pupils with ASD
  • SaLTs also support with communicating feelings e.g. Zones of Regulation
  • Our partners London PE & School Sports Network are brilliant at providing support and resources for health & wellbeing
What is the impact of teaching RHE?

Click on the link below for the RHE impact statement for 2022 - 2023

Healthy School

In recognition of the work we are doing to be a healthy school, Michael Faraday has achieved Healthy School Silver Award.