At St James CE Primary School we value the importance of our children’s physical, social and health education. We aim to support each child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) throughout the teaching of our curriculum. Within the rapidly changing world in which we live, it is vital that these areas are explored in a safe and supportive environment. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. Our pupils are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. They learn how society is organised and governed and experience the process of democracy in school through the School Council. We provide opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse society.

Relationships and Health Education

From September 2020, all primary schools are required by the government to teach Relationships and Health Education.

Relationships Education is designed to help children to have positive and safe relationships with family, friends and online.

Health Education will help children to make good decisions about their health and wellbeing and enable them to know how to seek support if any health issues arise for themselves or others.

If you would like more information about statutory Relationships and Health Education, please click the link to read the government guide “Understanding Relationships and Health Education in your child’s primary school: a guide for parents”.

We have also updated our Relationships and Sex Education policy to reflect the new statutory status for Relationships Education.

St James CE Primary school will be following the scheme of work from the PSHE Association (Programme Builders for Primary - Thematic) which covers all the main aspects of the national curriculum. The elements of this are encompassed under three wider areas of: 

  • Relationships
  • Living in the Wider World
  • Health and Wellbeing

For the intended curriculum overview, please click this link: Yearly overview.

To view the progression through the curriculum, please click this link: Progression document

To read our RSHE One Page Summary, click here.

Parent Consultation

Please click on the link to access the presentation that was used as part of the parent consulation: RSHE Information Presentation

To view feedback from the parent consulation, please click on the link: consulation feedback

The parent consulation is now complete. We thank you for your co-operation. To view our RSE policy, please go the policy section of the website.

Annual Safeguarding Day

Over the last 6 years Rewind, ASB, the Police, DECCA and now Women’s Aid have been working together to look at issues that affect young people. The idea of the safeguarding day is to build young people’s resilience and help them to make informed and educated decisions. Each year, Years 5 and 6 will take part in session that look at topics to prepare them for the transition to secondary school and also to raise awareness of trusted adults and agencies that they can speak to, if they have a problem or concern. These safeguarding days are delivered in addition to the school's PSHE curriculum.

Below is a snap shot of what the agencies deliver:

Rewind – The aim of the session is to educate young people around issues of identity, belonging and racism. The session looks at what their identity is and why it is important and touches upon the subject of extremism.

Sandwell ASB - The ASB Team deliver a presentation covering the definition and examples of anti-social behaviour, the consequences and feelings for the victim and perpetrator. It also includes a group exercise where the students design a dream park which they then destroy with ASB.

Police - The police will tailor the session for the young people and schools need. But will often explore social media and the online world, as well as issues like theft, robbery and knife crime, plus some safety tips and advice for keeping themselves safer.

DECCA - The DECCA session for year 6 looks at alcohol and cannabis. It explores what the two drugs are, what the effects are, what the risks are and also what the law says about both drugs. The session also looks at what to do in an emergency and where someone may go for help and support.

Women’s Aid – The Women’s Aid session covers the topic of Healthy Relationships. It looks at understanding different relationships, recognising healthy and unhealthy traits in relationships and also looks at what consent is.