“The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.”

A Robbins

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

EE Cummins

Helping Each Child to Flourish

At Heworth, Relationships Education teaches the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive and safe relationships, with a particular focus on friendships, family relationships and relationships with other peers and adults. We believe that children should learn about relationships as well as the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, human sexuality and sexual health in an age appropriate way. We explore moral questions and dilemmas within this subject.

What does Relationships Education look like at Heworth?

At Heworth, we plan using the ‘Jigsaw’ schemes of work for PSHE, which includes the Relationships Education Programme of Study.

  1. Being Me in My World:Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters.
  2. Celebrating Difference: Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work.
  3. Dreams and Goals: Includes goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together.
  4. Healthy Me: Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices.
  5. Relationships: Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills.
  6. Changing Me: This puzzle includes sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with change. (includes age-appropriate sex education)

Each year group teaches one unit each half term, ensuring coverage and progression. Some aspects of our Relationships Education curriculum are taught by the school nurse alongside teachers in Years 5 and 6.

How do our values shine through in Relationships Education?


Children learn the importance of showing compassion to all, making sure that everyone feels safe and accepted.


Children learn to trust each other creating a safe and respectful environment where questions, thoughts and opinions are shared without fear. 


We want all of our children to value themselves and grow up to have a strong sense of self-worth and demonstrating endurance and confidence.

How do children flourish in RSE at Heworth?

  • Children will be able to participate in discussions; sharing thoughts and listening to others; respecting each other’s opinions and values.
  • Children will grow up with an inclusive mind set, respecting themselves and all who they encounter.
  • Children will work together to create an environment in which everyone feels safe, happy and accepted.
  • Children will feel equipped to go into the world with an understanding of how to look after themselves in terms of their relationships and in how their bodies are growing and changing.