At Atwood Primary Academy, we aim to provide a supportive and nurturing environment which will enable each child to grow in understanding so to reach their full potential emotionally, intellectually, morally, spiritually, physically and socially. We believe that our school should be an inclusive community where all aim high, achieve well and develop self-confidence, positive values and beliefs, a sense of community, good relationships with others, well-being and caring attitudes towards others.  RSE is central to this ethos and helps build foundations for children to develop the knowledge, skills and strategies to live healthy, safe and responsible lives.



A planned, progressive programme of RSE gradually and appropriately begins to prepare our children for adult life. It teaches the skills they need to fully manage the natural physical and emotional changes that will happen to them as they grow and mature into healthy, confident and responsible adults.

Atwood follows Croydon Council’s Scheme of Work for RSE which is led by the class teachers through discussions. RSE is taught to each year group, starting in Reception, within the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education curriculum. Biological aspects of RSE are taught within the science curriculum, and other aspects are included in religious education (RE). Relationships education focuses on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships including:


Families and people who care for me

Caring friendships

Respectful relationships

Online relationships

Being safe



Following the implementation of our broad and balanced combined PSHE, RSE and Well-being curriculum, children will be respectful, independent, responsible and confident members of the community and wider world. Children will be equipped with tools to maintain healthy and positive lifestyles with regard to relationships and person identity. The most significant impact that we want for our pupils is the development of respect for themselves and others to be able to communicate and express the skills, knowledge and understanding that they have attained through a quality curriculum, encompassing PSHE, RSE and Well-being.


Policy and Curriculum Development

The new policy and curriculum have been developed in consultation with staff, pupils, parents and governors over the last two years. The consultation and policy development process involved a review of national and local guidance, including a LA-led local schools working party for the development of the RSE scheme of work, a parent/stakeholder consultation, a staff and pupil consultation and finally ratification by governors. In the parent and stakeholder consultation, a proposed curriculum was discussed and adapted by all members of the group to suit the needs of children at Atwood. Proposed topics and resources were scrutinized and revised, allowing for a curriculum to take shape which reflects the views and backgrounds of the wider school community.


Curriculum Guidance