From September 2020 the Government is introducing compulsory Relationships and Health Education at primary level. This is not new for us in Catholic schools, we have always placed a strong emphasis on the development of the ‘whole person’ through our distinctive education which seeks to form as well as inform young people in preparation for life.
What is Relationships Education?
The Government advises that Relationships Education: will put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online. 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
What is Health Education?
Health Education is described as giving children 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 be 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