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Relationships Education or RSE School Policy Review Service

Schools will be finalising their Relationships Education or RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) policies the summer term 2020 to ensure that they are fully compliant with their new statutory duties from September 2020.  The HfL Wellbeing team are offering a policy check and review service for schools who would like to be sure their policy meets all requirements.

Booking and policy review process

To book your Relationships Education or RSE Policy Review, please contact to notify the team that you wish to book a review and so a date and time can be allocated.

The Wellbeing team will then confirm the review day allocated and arrange a follow up call to discuss the feedback as near to that time as possible to suit you.

Once the policy is reviewed you will receive written feedback by email.
The follow up 30 minute phone call will give you a chance to clarify further.
Total cost of review process £244.


Teachers need to support pupils as much as possible if they are dealing with family bereavement. Lessons on change, loss and bereavement should be taught in the classroom as part of a planned programme of PSHE education. Pupils should engage with this complex and sensitive topic in discussions and activities facilitated by a teacher, within a safe classroom environment.

However, at times when there has been a bereavement in the school community the priority is for pastoral care rather than preventative education, so we would direct teachers to Child Bereavement UK, Winston’s Wish, Hope Again and Grief Encounter. All offer excellent guidance that teachers may find useful to forward to parents and pupils, as well as helpline options.

Pupils who have experienced bereavement are highly vulnerable, and multiple losses increase that vulnerability. Bereaved pupils sometimes increase their absence levels, either because they can become prone to illness or they may be reluctant to leave the support or reassurance of family members at home. This should be dealt with in the same way as all absence, though with increased sensitivity and offers of support. Bereaved pupils may well behave or react differently to how they have in the past, and this can make their friendships vulnerable. All pupils need to learn  how to be patient and supportive when someone has lost someone close to them, and recognise that recovery takes many forms but it takes time.

Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK helps children, parents and families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. They support children and young people up to the age of 25 who are facing bereavement, and anyone affected by the death of a child of any age.

They have a dedicated area on their site which brings together relevant guidance and information to help support young people during this challenging time.

Winstons Wish

Winston’s Wish supports bereaved children, young people, their families, and the professionals who support them.

They have information, advice and guidance on supporting bereaved children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak, and updated services and opening times.

Hope Again

Hope Again is Cruse Bereavement Care's website for young people. Cruse is a national charity that provides support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone close to them dies. They also work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.

Their advice for parents and guardians outlines practical ways to support your child/young person after the death of a loved one.

Grief Encounter

Grief Encounter is one of the UK’s leading bereaved child charities, providing free, pioneering services and support to bereaved children, young people and their families.

They update their advice regularly, and use their social media channels to offer additional support with counsellor-led activity suggestions to help parents and carers support their children at home.

How to talk to children about Covid-19

The PSHE Association’s has published advice on how to respond to any questions from pupils on the coronavirus in PSHE lessons. Please see the guidance.

Other useful sites include:

Guidance for schools: post-London Bridge terror attack
The following has been issued by the Department of Education
Following the terror attack that took place last Friday in Fishmonger’s Hall, London Bridge, the below guidance and advice may be of assistance should any schools in your local area be seeking support in the aftermath of the incident.


The Home Office’s Victims of Terrorism Unit website, includes access to support services, including mental health and other medical services.  Phil can you find link and insert


Whether or not any schools in your local area were directly affected, students may have concerns over news coverage and online footage. The following online resources may be of specific assistance to educators (safeguarding leads and teachers) with discussions about terrorist attacks:

Primary resources

Secondary resources


Educate Against Hate

All pupils will be taught about mental and physical wellbeing
All children in England will be taught how to look after their mental wellbeing and recognise when classmates may be struggling, as the Government unveils new guidance for the introduction of compulsory health education.

Bold new plans set out on Monday 25 February 2019 by the Education Secretary Damian Hinds confirm that, from September 2020, pupils of all ages will be taught the new subject – with a focus on promoting the positive link between physical and mental health.

This comes alongside the introduction of compulsory relationships education for primary-age pupils and relationships and sex education (RSE) for secondary-age pupils, to ensure children have all the knowledge they need to grow up healthy, happy and safe.

Read more via Department for Education


PSHE Programme - Jigsaw PSHE

Jigsaw PSHE is a comprehensive PSHE Programme from Foundation 1 and 2 up to year 6. The scheme of work provides a structured and developmental PSHE programme focused on building emotional literacy and social skills within a whole-school approach. It places mindfulness at the heart of its lessons using calm me sections of its lessons. Over 20 schools in Hertfordshire are currently using this resource. For further information please see:


The Links between Science Education and PSHE education

The PSHE Association has teamed up with the Association for Science Education to launch this joint briefing on reproduction and human development. The purpose of the document is to inform teachers, school leaders and governors about what the science curriculum requires in respect to sex education, the vocabulary that supports this teaching and learning, and how this is complemented by what pupils learn in PSHE education.


Resources to support schools celebrating difference, families, relationships and gender awareness

EACH (Educational Action Challenging Homophobia) have just released a comprehensive resource to help staff in primary and secondary schools gain the confidence, knowledge and tools to create a safer learning environment for LGBT+ young people and their families.

It includes:

  • 7 primary school lesson plans covering celebrating difference, families, relationships and gender awareness
  • 10 secondary school lesson plans on prejudice-based language, bullying, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans media representation, prejudice, gender and social media
  • guidance on what the law says, teaching about LGBT+ identities and relationships, handling disclosures, staff training, anti-bullying policies and one-to-one support for LGBT+ young people

For further details and to download resources please see:

For further information and support for Hertfordshire schools please see:


Young and Smokefree Project

The Young and Smokefree project (YASF) is an interactive website exploring Tobacco industry tactics, effects of smoking, Government influence and how you can make a difference. There are video clips, games, quizzes and resources all aimed at challenging and informing Young people about smoking and the impact it can have on us.

For a 1 minute introduction to all the site contains and how young people and teachers can use it as a resource check out:


Find out more on the website: