PSHE and RSHE
At Hazelwood Schools, we believe in developing well rounded children who are equipped with the knowledge, understanding and confidence to enable them to play an active role in society.
We recognise the importance of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education and the role it plays in ensuring our children are healthy, independent, and responsible individuals who are prepared for life beyond our school
Our aim is to develop children fully as:
- Individuals as they focus on their own personal development; believing in themselves, building resilience, developing habits to lead a healthy life.
- Members of families and social communities; understanding how to relate to others and adopt teamwork skills
- Members of economic communities; developing their awareness of the part that they play and how to live responsibly.
Our curriculum builds upon the children’s first stages of learning and development in Early Years through progressive and sequenced topics that develop the knowledge, skills and attributes children need to manage their lives, now and in the future.
Our curriculum is guided by a Primary Scheme of Work called SCARF – Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship (Coram Life Education). Developed by teachers and centred on a values-based and ‘Growth Mindset’ approach, SCARF’s lesson plans and resources, tailored by our teachers to meet the individual needs of our children at Hazelwood, help to promote positive behaviour, mental health, wellbeing, resilience and achievement.
Lessons are to be taught at least weekly as well as when teachers may feel it necessary to teach as a result of an issue that has arisen in their own class or within local / national news.
SCARF lesson plans are organised around the PSHE Association’s Programmes of Study Learning Opportunities, which includes three core themes of:
- Health and Wellbeing;
- Living in the Wider World.
The core themes have been broken down into six main areas that are revisited each year to ensure children's knowledge and understanding is secure. These areas are:
- Me and My Relationships
- Valuing Difference
- Keeping Myself Safe
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Being my Best
- Growing and Changing
High quality PSHE is not only taught as a specific subject, but embedded in our ethos and Hazelwood curriculum to ensure children are given wide perspectives to the diverse society that we live in today.
Our PSHE curriculum demonstrates appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the statutory duties of the Relationship Education (RE), Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (HE) curriculums.
In 2019 the DfE issued new guidance for schools outlining statutory Relationships Education which became compulsory from September 2020.
The guidance includes Relationships Education for Primary Schools, Relationships and Sex Education for Secondary Schools and Health Education for all schools.
Schools were required to consult with the school community and over six months we set about writing our policy. The process included:
- Initial Survey for teachers and children
- Setting up a Working Party including staff, parents and governors
- Drafting a policy and scheme for wider consultation
- Consultation with teachers, children and parents
- Final Policy
The Working Party spent a considerable amount of time considering the consultation responses and drafting the policy. Following this consultation, the Governing Body approved the use of the SCARF curriculum to teach Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) as part of our PSHE curriculum at Hazelwood.
A Consultation document, detailing the process, including presentations, analysis and a video to the parents can be downloaded here: Consultation Document
You can download the final policy here
Our RSHE Curriculum using the leading UK provider of relationships, health and wellbeing education, SCARF, has been written based on international evidence of what age-appropriate RSHE is considered to be. Click here for more details
SCARF are members of the Sex Ed Forum and wrote their scheme of work alongside their curriculum planning tool. Click here to access the Sex Ed Forum
Information for parents about the SCARF curriculum can be found on the SCARF website: https://www.coramlifeeducation.org.uk/family-scarf
SCARF have also produced a FAQ document for parents, which can be downloaded here.
We teach our RSHE units of our PSHE curriculum during one 'Relationships Week' in the Summer Term.
A small minority of parents are concerned with some of the content of Relationship Education because it is inclusive of all families including those in same-sex relationships as well as addressing changes pupils may experience during puberty and using scientific language to name body parts.
You can see the specific Growing and Changing Overview in the attachments below, as well as specific year groups and lesson topic for each unit below. As with all lessons, sometimes children have knowledge that goes beyond the plans that we have and they may share that during discussions. Our teachers are trained to deal with these situations and ensure teaching stays on track, whilst acknowledging or correcting any misconceptions children may have.
If you have any questions about any lesson, please do not hesitate to contact the class teacher or Miss Powell who will be happy to go through the lesson/resources with you.
Whilst children in Early Years do not have formal lessons, they do talk about their families within their curriculum and the teachers will take a similarly inclusive approach and acknowledge that some families look different to others in an age-appropriate way.
It may be obvious to state, but very little of the SCARF programme is non-statutory sex education. In alignment with the SCARF curriculum, we interpret sex education to mean puberty, conception, reproduction and birth. All of these themes, with the exception of conception, are statutory and included in either Health Education or National Curriculum Science.
Some parents are understandably confused about this - particularly as this is a change to how adults were taught at school, but you will see from the guidance, documents and plans that it is clear.
At Hazelwood, following the SCARF programme, we will deliver a Sex Education unit of work, including one non-statutory lesson, to Year 6 in the Summer Term. As always, we will be letting parents know the content of that unit and there will be an opportunity to view the resources.
Right to withdraw
Parents do not have the right to withdraw their child from any part of the statutory curriculum, other than the non-statutory Year 6 Sex Education lesson.