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Relationship & Health Education (& PSHE)

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 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). 

What is the impact?

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.