Sir Graham Balfour School

A member of Insight Multi-Academy Trust


Curriculum Intent

'PSHE/RSE education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE/RSE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils' (PSHE Association 2019)

As part of The Balfour Journey, Sir Graham Balfour School aims to provide a coherent programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE), including Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSE) and Careers information, advice and guidance which is rooted in our school values.

Accessible to all, it will maximise outcomes for every student so that they know more, remember more and understand more about themselves and the world in which they live. Our intent is to provide a pastoral curriculum that provides opportunities for pupils to reflect on and clarify personal values and attitudes; explore complex and sometimes conflicting values and attitudes that students encounter now, and in the future.

The PSHE/RSE curriculum we deliver is rooted in the PSHE Association syllabus which is to equip pupils to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives through core themes of Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. We also deliver an RSE curriculum which follows the Government guidelines (see Relationships and Sex Education policy)

Here are some of the topics studied by students:

Health and Wellbeing


Living in the Wider World

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

Through this theme, students will understand:


  • What is meant by a healthy lifestyle
  • How to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing
  • How to manage risks to physical and emotional health and wellbeing
  • Ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe
  • How to manage change, including puberty, transition and loss
  • How to make informed choices about health and wellbeing, and where to get help with this
  • To identify different influences on health and wellbeing


Through this theme, students will understand:


  • How to develop and maintain a variety of relationships, within a range of social and cultural contexts
  • How to recognise and manage emotions within relationships
  • How to respond to risky or negative relationships, including bullying and abuse
  • How to respond to risky or negative relationships and ask for help
  • How to respect equality and diversity in relationships
  • How to understand peer on peer abuse
  • Understanding puberty and sexual health


Through this theme, students will understand:

  • About respect for themselves and others, and the importance of responsible actions and behaviour
  • About rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and citizens
  • About different groups and communities
  • To respect equality and diversity, and how to be a productive member of a diverse community
  • About the importance of respecting and protecting the environment
  • About where money comes from, keeping it safe, and the importance of managing it effectively
  • The part that money plays in people’s lives


Through RSE we aim to:


  • Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place
  • Give students an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene
  • Help students develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
  • Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships
  • Teach students the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies



If you would like to know anything about our PSHE/RSE Curriculum please email:

Alternatively, please click below to view an example of the RSE topic “Healthy Relationships” should you wish to view some of our resources.


Sir Graham Balfour School
North Avenue
ST16 1NR

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ST16 1NJ


01785 223490