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Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is a planned programme of learning through which pupils acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, that it develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

At Forest Academy, PSHE is delivered through Jigsaw, a whole school approach that brings together all aspects of the PSHE curriculum, including emotional literacy, social skills as well as spiritual development. Relationships Education, Sex Education and Health Education (referred to as RHE) is taught within our PSHE curriculum. Biological aspects of RHE are taught within the science curriculum, and other aspects are included in religious education (RE).

The teaching of Relationship, Sex and Health Education at Forest Academy, using an integrated and consistent approach, is an important aspect of pupils’ education. RHE will put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy. Relationship Education includes supporting in developing self- confidence in preparing for physical and emotional changes into adulthood. 

We believe that the teaching of RHE should be shared with parents and be mutually supportive and complementary.  It promotes an understanding of the range of family types and other people who contribute to providing children with the care, love and support they need to grow and develop.

Teaching about mental wellbeing is central to these subjects, especially as a priority for parents is their children’s happiness. We know that children are increasingly experiencing challenges. The RHE content will give them the knowledge and capability to take care of themselves and receive support if problems arise.

All of this content will support the wider work we do in helping to foster pupil wellbeing and develop resilience and character that we know are fundamental to children being happy, successful and productive members of society. Central to this is childrens’ ability to believe that they can achieve goals, both academic and personal; to stick to tasks that will help them achieve those goals, even when the reward may be distant or uncertain; and to recover from knocks and challenging periods in their lives.

These subjects represent a huge opportunity to help our children develop. The knowledge and attributes gained will support their own, and others’, wellbeing and attainment and help our children become successful and happy adults who make a meaningful contribution to society.

Please watch the presentations provided below that will explain how we teach RHE at Forest Academy in further detail. Your feedback is welcomed. If parents/carers wishes to view curriculum resources, please contact the school office on