Gibside School uses a combined approach to PSHE and RE (PSHRE) in order to differentiate and ensure a bespoke learning experience for all.


We have created a PSHRE scheme of work incorporating the Gateshead Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2018 (All local authorities are required to establish a Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education [SACRE] to provide advice to the local authority and to periodically review the Locally Agreed Syllabus).


Religious Education is part of a pupil’s entitlement from Reception through to the end of Sixth Form. The scheme of work combines PSHE and RE providing our children with the most relevant and appropriate aspects; ensuring a diverse range of personal and cultural development opportunities The agreed syllabus reflects that the religious traditions in Great Britain are principally Christian. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of religious education. Headteachers should refer to Section 386 of the Education Act 1996 and also to “Religious education in English schools: Non-statutory guidance 2010” for more information in relation to this right.


Our Sex & Relationships Education is embedded within the PSHRE scheme of work. We understand the importance of educating pupils about sex and relationships. Relationships with others can be an extremely challenging area for the many children in our school with SLD or who have a diagnosis of ASC. Our policy and curriculum support our children to make responsible and well-informed decisions in their lives.


The DfE’s guidance, ‘Relationship and Sex Education Guidance’, defines this programme as: “Learning about physical, moral and emotional development; understanding the importance of marriage for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality and health. ”The programme is taught objectively and does not promote any form of sexual orientation. It provides an opportunity for pupils to; develop an understanding of sex, sexuality and relationships and acquire a range of appropriate personal skills.


Relationships and Sex Education Policy