From September 2020, the Department for Education introduced compulsory Relationships Education for primary pupils (and compulsory Relationships and Sex Education for secondary pupils).

Relationships Education is designed to equip children with knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a successful adult life.

The vast majority of the topics and themes which the Government is now asking all schools to deliver were already delivered through our existing PSHE education programme – this has always been an important part of our approach to developing the whole child at St Mary’s.

Please view our Relationships Education and PSHE Policies to find out about our approach to this area of our curriculum at St Mary’s. The other documents within this page are designed to give you further information and context about our wider approach to PSHE and Relationships Education. These include:

  • September 2020 changes to the PSHE and Relationships Education curriculum

This document shows a brief outline of the changes St Mary’s made in terms of Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) education and Relationships Education from September 2020.

  • Relationships Education Key Objectives

This document includes a summary of what the Department for Education expects pupils to cover by the end of primary school for Relationships Education. These outcomes are all covered within our PSHE education programme.

  • PSHE Long Term Plan

This shows all the units that are covered from Years 1 to 6, each half term, during our children’s time at St Mary’s.

  • Understanding Relationships Education in your child’s primary school: a guide for parents

This is the official document from the Department for Education, made for parents, outlining the changes in Relationships Education since September 2020.

Relationships Education Documents


To view our Relationships Education policy please visit our Policies page here.

Please view our PSHE page for further information here.