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Relationships and Health Education (RHE)

At Gilbertstone, we want all children to grow up healthy, happy, safe, and able to manage the challenges and opportunities of living in modern Britain. That is why, from Summer Term 2021, the law requires all primary age children to be taught Relationships and Health Education (RHE).


RHE puts in place the building blocks needed for children to form and maintain positive and safe relationships, including with family, friends and online. By the end of primary school, it is mandatory for pupils to have been taught content on:


  • Families and people who care for me
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and prevention
  • Basic first aid
  • The changing adolescent body


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In order to further develop our policy and curriculum, the school intends to use the Relationships and Health Education programme that has been designed by Birmingham City Council, in partnership with Birmingham schools. This has been drafted with the aim of meeting the needs of children across the city. At Gilbertstone we already teach relationship education through our PATHs programme (see overview below) and our yearly ‘Family Week’ focus. We have previously used the Clued up to Growing Up Materials to support both RHE and Sex education. Moving forward we will continue with our PATHs programme and adopt the Birmingham Approach to Relationships and Health Education in Primary Schools to replace Clued up to Growing Up.

Please see the relevant content for the new RHE programme below.

PATHS at Gilbertstone

PATHS stands for ‘Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies’. It is a programme that is used from reception through to year 6. It empowers all children to develop the fundamental social and emotional learning skills which will enable them to make positive choices throughout life. It is designed to facilitate the development of self-control, emotional awareness and interpersonal problem-solving skills

Social emotional learning is about understanding your own feelings and other people’s feelings. It also means learning to get along with other people. The PATHS curriculum helps children to:
* Learn more about their own and other people’s feelings
* Build their confidence and self-esteem.
* Get along with other people
* Manage their own behaviour
* Learn how to solve problems

PATHS curriculum overview