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Personal, social & health education

Relationships & SEx education

Our curriculum aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team-working and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and well-being, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic well-being and aspects of careers education).

Under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010, schools must provide a ‘balanced and broadly-based curriculum’ which promotes ‘the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’. PSHE education makes a major contribution toward us fulfilling this duty.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is a statutory element of the curriculum and forms part of lifelong learning about physical, sexual, moral and emotional development. There are elements of this curriculum which link with PSHE, science and our HeartSmart programme. It is about the understanding of the importance of stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care for family life. At Emsworth Primary, we believe the understanding of such values is integral to supporting and developing positive attitudes towards each other and ensuring positive emotional well-being.  

We are currently consulting on and updating our policy in respect to RSE and our curriculum offer. We recognise the role parents and families play within this area and we aim to create a programme that respects parental views and values their input. 

These subjects are designed to equip your child with knowledge to make informed decisions about their well-being, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a successful adult life. The world for all young people looks very different from the way it did 20 years ago when this curriculum was last updated – these changes bring the content into the 21st century, so that it is relevant for your child. Further information for parents is available here:

Guide for Parents

Our proposed programme of study can be found here:

PSHE and RSE Curriculum Overview

Our draft Relationships and Sex Education Policy can be accessed here:

Relationships and Sex Education Policy

We welcome parental feedback regarding our decisions about how we structure this curriculum and in which year groups we place topics. Please email admin@emsworth.hants.sch.uk with any helpful observations or feedback.


The philosophy behind HeartSmart underpins our curriculum and our intent for children to be emotionally literate.  HeartSmart helps children to learn how and when to lead or guard their hearts, essential to resilient living.

The HeartSmart programme teaches the children to process feelings to ensure they do not live in constant grief, disappointment and hurt. We teach pupils to understand that negative emotions are part of life and it is okay to not always feel okay. We develop strategies with our pupils to deal with challenges in their lives and to show empathy and compassion towards others.

The content of the programme provides children with the courage to tell the truth, to communicate boundaries and share their vulnerabilities appropriately.

This programme sits firmly within our robust safeguarding culture and forms part of our curriculum offer in terms of Personal, Social and Health Education as well as our Relationships and Sex Education programme. As a school we have a strong commitment towards monitoring and valuing mental health and well-being of our pupils, their families and our staff.

Please follow the link below for further information about the HeartSmart programme: