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Health and Relationships Curriculum (HRE)

Our goal is for our children to be prepared for the world they are growing up in: 

Tower Hamlets is a place where we celebrate our differences and see our diversity as strength. Our borough is ‘No Place for Hate’ and we work to tackle all forms of hate and intolerance. We want our schools to be places which champion this diversity and can make all children, and their families, feel welcome in the school community and within our borough (Guidance from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for all schools).

What do we teach in Health and Relationships lessons?

Our curriculum for Health and Relationships directly follows the statutory government expectations – see the link to the following document. 

DFE Statutory document - Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education

HRE lessons are taught once every 2 weeks for 45 minutes. The teachers teach carefully planned and resourced lessons that have been written, following the school policy and using the government guidelines.  Each term the lessons are taught covering the following six knowledge categories: 

Click here for some frequently asked questions answered by Tower Hamlets Education Authority. 

Statement of Support for the teaching of aspect of the HRE Curriculum fromL

London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) Safeguarding Partnership.  Click here.

The chair of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the London-wide Local Medical Committee and the GP Care Group. Click here,

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) contact information

Please find a one minute guide to the LADO role and when to refer, contact details and then a safeguarding statement along with the LADO referral paperwork that the schools could use as, if and when they wish.

Melanie Benzie

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)


Relationships and Sex Education 

The Non Statutory part of the curriculum, Sex Education, will be taught in Year 6 only.  Sex Education is sexual reproduction in humans, reproductive cycle in humans and conception.  It is one lesson, not a series of lessons.

Here is our Sex and Relationships policy.

HRE Curriculum Overview

Please click  the link  below for a detailed breakdown of what is taught in each year from Year 1 to Year 6. 

HRE Curriculum Overview.

This link will take you to the the Globe Curriculum page where you will find the curriculum map for each year. These give an overview of what is taught in subject area, our curriculum intent. 

How we Implement our Health and Relationships Curriculum

       Health and Relationships Education Policy 

       An example of a Milestone 1 Lesson

       An example of a Milestone 2 Lesson

       An example of a Milestone 3 Lesson

Early Years - Nursery & Reception Curriculum 

Early Years Foundation Stage - what does Health and Relationships look like in the Early Years?

In Early Years HRE is part of the Personal, Social and Emotional Development area of the Early Years curriuclum.  

Personal Social and Emotional Development (PSED) supports children to have a positive sense of themselves, respect for others, social skills, emotional well-being and a positive disposition to learning. These are all crucial for school readiness.

PSED is about children:

The document below outlines in more detail the specific art and design objectives within the Early Years curriculum, what it looks like in practice, and demonstrates the links between the Early Years and the KS1 HRE and PSED curriculum.  It also highlights key vocabulary taught within our Early Years and at Key Stage 1.

Health and Relationships  - Early Years to Key Stage 1 Curriculum Links.