Relationships and Sex & Health Education (RSHE)

Relationships and Health Education (Primary) and Relationships, Sex Education and Health Education (Secondary) is compulsory in all schools.

To ensure that we further promote the personal wellbeing and development of all pupils we have integrated all statutory requirements in our RSHE policy and curriculum content.

During the Summer term 2021, parents were introduced to all the new content through an online consultation process. The curriculum queries, opinions, and contributions received during the consultation enabled us to further develop and shape our bespoke curriculum offer.

The policy document and curriculum plans for 2023-24 can be downloaded below together with statutory guidance and supporting information. 

Policy 2023-24
Additional Information
Science Units which deliver statutory Sex & Health Objectives
In accordance with our RSHE policy, we do not teach pupils sex education beyond what is required of the science curriculum. The science units of work that deliver statutory sex and health objectives can be downloaded below and provide the detail of what is taught. 
Heart Smart

To deliver the statutory RSHE & PSHE objectives, we use a range of resources which align closely with the school's Vision and Curriculum for Christ-Likeness.

HeartSmart is a creative resource that we use to build character, emotional health and resilience in children. It equips them with foundational principles, skills, habits and a mindset that will improve their mental health, relationships and academic achievement. Some aspects of Relationships and Health Education, including physical health and fitness, online relationships and internet safety and harms will be delivered through the Physical Education and Computing Curriculum. The statutory elements of sex education are covered as part of the KS2 science curriculum under the topic Animals Including Humans. This area of the curriculum is delivered to pupils in Years 5 & 6 and the planning can be downloaded above. 

HeartSmart is delivered around 6 key topics: 

  • Get Heart Smart

  • Don’t forget to let love in

  • Too much selfie isn’t healthy

  • Don’t rub it in, rub it out

  • Fake is a mistake

  • No way through, isn’t true


Thumbs Up Education
To further promote the personal wellbeing and development of all pupils, Dawpool works in partnership with Thumbs Up Education who deliver a range of programmes throughout the school year, including:
  • Life Skills Programme
  • Emotional Growth Programme
  • Online Communication Programme
These programmes deliver a range of content, including:
  • Self-esteem
  • Effective communication
  • Self-awareness
  • Building resilience
  • Empathy
  • Kindness
  • Breaking negative thought cycles
  • Understanding emotions and feelings
  • Learning to talk about feelings
  • Friendships
  • Find your ‘superpower’
  • Pause button (stopping and thinking before responding)
  • Personal best
  • Teamwork
  • Understanding mindfulness and its benefits