Be the change you want to see in the world- Mahatma Gandhi

At Fitzwilliam Primary School, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent, respectful, resilient and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

At Fitzwilliam we believe that PSHE plays a vital part of primary education and needs to be taught at least weekly. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of PSHE and RSE is taught in their year group. There are always occasions where teachers may feel it necessary to teach PSHE as a result of an issue that has arisen in their own class. PSHE is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. PSHE is an important part of school assemblies where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.

We have also developed our curriculum across other subjects to include SMSC questions (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) to ensure this is a thread throughout.

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education Guidance

Having consulted with parents, our RSE curriculum is now fully in place.  Our RSE Scheme of Work can be found below. Parents and Carers have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory RSE.  In order to do this, please contact school for an initial conversation regarding withdrawal and then, if you still wish for your child / children to be withdrawn from the sex educations lessons, you can complete and submit a ‘Parent Request for Withdrawal’ form to school.

As you may be aware, in recent years, the Department for Education announced changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation. These changes came into effect from September 2020 and all schools were required to comply with the updated requirements by the start of Summer term 2021. The statutory guidance can be found at: