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RSE stands for Relationships and Sex Education and is compulsory in all state schools in England.  RSE covers relationships, health and how the child's body develops during adolescence.  It also combines  healthy eating, keeping safe on and offline and basic first aid.

Some aspects of RSE are covered in other subjects such as Science.  


As a school we have purchased the SCARF scheme of work from Coram Life Education, which covers  our RSE and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).


Kilkhampton Junior and Infant School's aim is to ensure that our children grow into healthy, secure, independent, caring and considerate citizens , able to effectively care for themselves and the world around them and to prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of a changing world. The health, well-being and happiness of pupils and staff is at the heart of everything we do (see also the Relationships and Health Education Policy). We aim to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical health of our children and their families whilst also upholding fundamental British Values and helping to build pupils resilience to radicalisation.



"School-based programmes of social and emotional learning have the potential to help young people acquire the skills they need to make good academic progress as well as benefit pupil health and wellbeing. Opportunities exist to develop and promote social and emotional skills through a dedicated Personal Social Health and Economic education (PSHE) curriculum – including statutory content regarding Relationships Education (RE) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education. Statutory guidance on the implementation of the curriculum states that such content should be delivered in a ‘carefully sequenced way, within a planned programme of lessonsPHE Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing – p.16 Curriculum, teaching and learning.


SCARF – Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship

The RSE/PSHE sessions are taught weekly in all classes following the SCARF scheme of work and half-termly units.  A curriculum overview can be found at the foot of this page.  Children are encouraged to focus, be mindful and listen to the views of others during SCARF sessions.  Teachers use the SCARF resources to promote thinking and discussions amongst children.  Most outcomes are via an activity or a discussion but some will have a written outcome.


Over the course of the academic year 2023/24, we aim to develop our assessment within PSHE and RSE to help us become more effective at meeting the children's needs.


Our approach to RSE can be found in the RSE policy on this page which was adopted following a consultation involving all stakeholders.

Our PSHE and RSE teaching and learning is further enhanced by our assemblies which promote fundamental British Values and how to keep safe and respect others through the teaching of:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • mutual respect
  • individual liberty
  • acceptance and tolerance of others
  • respect for the school and the environment
  • online safety
  • keeping safe including road and beach safety
  • responding to significant national and international events


Keeping children safe and promoting an understanding of healthy lifestyles is also embedded across the curriculum in areas such as:

  • teaching digital literacy and online safety in Computing lessons
  • understanding the importance of physical activity and the benefits to mind and body in PE sessions
  • the importance of healthy eating in science and design and technology
  • our approach to positive mental health with the use of our Mental Health Buddies, our staff Mental Health Lead and support from the NHS MHST.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

RSE Policy