In primary schools, Relationships Education will teach about positive and safe relationships. Children will be taught what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means, and who can support them. In an age-appropriate way, children will learn about how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect.
Health Education aims to give children the information they need to:
- make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing,
- recognise issues in themselves and others, and
- seek support as early as possible when issues arise
Teaching about mental wellbeing is central to Relationships and Health education.
Sex education in Primary schools
Sex education will not be not compulsory in primary schools. However, the Department for Education recommends that each primary school offer age-appropriate sex education.
Primary schools that choose to teach sex education must allow parents the right to withdraw their children from any lessons that go beyond the national science curriculum.