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We've put together some commonly asked questions to give you more information about the Discovery Education Health and Relationships programme. If you have a question that you can't find the answer to, please contact us.

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Discovery Education Health and Relationships provides an all-in-one digital programme that covers the complete set of Relationships and Health Education objectives for primary schools.

Primary schools can receive extended free access to the full programme until 31st October 2021 - allowing your entire team to review the resources and detailed teacher guidance. Sign up before 29th September 2021.

The Discovery Education Health and Relationships programme provides a structured, teacher-led pathway through the materials. As such, the resources are standalone from Discovery Education Espresso where both teachers and pupils can access the resources.

You might have seen by now that the DfE has issued some updated guidance with regards to the RSHE curriculum changes for September. Essentially:

  • RSHE is still a statutory requirement for September and schools should still work towards implementing to this date
  • However, should (for obvious reasons) schools not be able to fully implement, there will be no penalties. Schools must implement by end Spring Term 2021 and are recommended to introduce as much as they can as soon as they can.
  • Schools should consider prioritising curriculum content on mental health and wellbeing

"Schools that assess that they have been unable to adequately meet the requirements because of the lost time and competing priorities should aim to start preparations to deliver the new curriculum and to commence teaching the new content no later than the start of the summer term 2021. To ensure teaching begins as soon as possible, schools are encouraged to take a phased approach (if needed) when introducing these subjects. Schools should consider prioritising curriculum content on mental health and wellbeing, as knowledge on supporting your own and others’ wellbeing will be important as pupils return to schools. The subjects will still become compulsory from 1 September 2020. However, schools have flexibility to decide how they discharge their duties effectively. If a school is unable to begin teaching until summer term 2021 they will need to decide how much of the content they will be able to cover and should still be able to demonstrate how they will cover the entirety of the curriculum in the future. Furthermore, as the subjects will be compulsory from 1 September 2020 the new parental right to withdraw provision will apply."

Discovery Education Health and Relationships is built around a series of best practice principles for creating a safe learning environment that enables pupils to share ideas and information, sets an expectation for a mature response and increases teacher confidence in managing discussion. Support with parental communication and comprehensive teacher support mean all teachers can feel confident in delivering upon these new requirements.

Once our Operations team have received your order, they will email you within two working days. The email will include a unique passcode and instructions to get started - allowing all of your teaching team to create their accounts.

The passcode should only be shared with staff members and not made public.

We've created a getting started guide, which you can circulate with your teaching team, to help them navigate their way around the Health and Relationships programme. We also encourage you to display our six ways to create a safe learning environment staffroom poster.

Additional questions

From September 2020 Relationships and Health Education will be statutory in primary schools. We know many schools are looking for resources to help them meet these new requirements, so we created Discovery Education Health and Relationships to help teachers easily and confidently deliver the new objectives.

We worked with a number of subject experts to ensure that the materials created deliver upon the curriculum requirements in a sensitive, age-appropriate way. The series editor, Lucy Marcovitch is a PSHE consultant and resource writer, and has been a government curriculum advisor.

The programme includes comprehensive support with communicating the new Health and Relationships requirements to parents. Support includes communication templates and materials explaining the resources used within the programme at each age-level.

This programme will ensure your school meets each requirement of the new 2020 objectives. Following a spiral curriculum, resources are grouped into six topics that introduce new and more challenging material as the pupils’ progress through the school.

All teachers within a school will have logins to the programme. No pupil logins will be provided. Schools will access the service online.

This Autumn we'll be releasing a brand-new platform to host your Discovery Education Espresso and Discovery Education Coding resources, which will provide even more tools to assist your school in supporting a blended-learning approach – including sharing and assigning content to pupils! Health and Relationships is the first set of resources on the new platform which is why your URL looks different.

Take a sneak peek at our new experience - we'll be in touch very soon to discuss how your school can access these new tools.

Themes of personal safety, resilience, self-worth and positive mental health apply across all topics. See at a glance the skills and knowledge covered in each year group, and how learning progresses.

Themes of personal safety and mental health and wellbeing are developed in an age-appropriate way and apply across topics. These include:

  • Personal boundaries and privacy
  • Safety networks
  • Safety skills
  • Feelings and emotions
  • Self-awareness
  • Resilience and self-worth
  • Positive mental and emotional health and wellbeing.

Each topic contains age-appropriate content, developing themes in a 'spiral curriculum' so that pupils are building on their skills and understanding each year. Teachers may find that content sometimes overlaps or is repeated across topics; this is to enable pupils to develop, practise and apply knowledge and skills across different contexts and situations.

Lessons are designed to take approximately 30 minutes to one hour of teaching time, depending on curriculum time available. However, teachers can extend or develop learning across more than one lesson, or develop objectives from a lesson further if required. Schools can timetable their lessons to suit their circumstances and needs of the pupils, with each theme broadly covering one half term.

Each topic contains age-appropriate videos which can be used to enhance learning and broaden understanding of particular concepts. Teachers can use the videos in a variety of ways to best suit their needs, for example:

  • as an introduction to a topic or concept before teaching a lesson
  • as a springboard to stimulate discussion
  • as a way to demonstrate or further illustrate a particular concept during a lesson or whole topic
  • as a stimulus for further classroom activities, discussion, etc.
  • as a reference point to both remind pupils of concepts and to distance the learning from them so that pupils can relate back to a real-life situation without it being about their own lives.

The videos are child-led: presented by Archie and Elise who explore questions and meet with other children who share their experiences. They explore a range of real-life or animated scenarios, visit schools and interview individuals, helping children to see the world from different perspectives, engage in discussions and share their opinions.

The Discovery Education Health and Relationships programme offers a range of resources to support planning, implementation and communication. The comprehensive programme overview helps guide you through the programme and gives advice on different ways of delivering the curriculum. Detailed information is provided on how to deliver a safe teaching and learning environment to ensure that all teachers feel confident and know how to respond in a safe and confident manner to any questions that may arise.

There is also comprehensive support on engaging with parents, which takes into account the responsibilities of schools to communicate with the wider community, offering guided responses based on the government Health and Relationships guidance.

The topics are built so that they address different angles depending on the age of the children, but there is no need to do them in an absolute order, so schools can choose how to organise them. Related page: Different approaches to curriculum planning

Yes, while the programme has been written to meet the needs of the English & Welsh National Curriculum, the resources are appropriate for any school needed to support the Relationships and Health education component of their PSHE curriculum.

The Discovery Education Health and Relationships programme comprises six topics that progress across the year groups. When planning your curriculum, you can choose to teach the same topic across the entire school at the same time.

If you want to deliver a whole school assembly at the start or end of your topic, we have provided a topic overview to give you a quick understanding of the universal themes that will be covered within that topic for all year groups.

You can easily put together resources for your assembly by using the Studio presentation tool available within the product, together with the many hundreds of images that come with your programme.

The programme is specifically designed to meet the new objectives of Relationships Education and Health Education. The themes developed throughout the programme are however broad and comprehensive and include much of which is covered in the PSHE "Living in the wider world" strand.

The Caring and responsibility topic deals with rights and responsibilities and being part of a community. Aspirations and goal setting are explored across topics, but in particular in Similarities and differences and Coping with change. Media literacy and digital resilience are themes that appear throughout, interwoven with offline safety skills. There are also some aspects of economic literacy and budgeting in the Families strand.

The Health and Relationships programme enables SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) provision and the teaching of British Values across all topics and year groups.

Respecting and valuing differences, embracing diversity and challenging discrimination, recognising and respecting feelings and boundaries, developing healthy relationships and understanding rules, rights and responsibilities in school, family and wider community, are all themes that recur throughout the programme.

  • The Similarities and differences topic teaches specifically about understanding different values and viewpoints, challenging stereotypes and celebrating diversity, whilst the Family topic looks at the diversity and characteristics of family units.
  • In Healthy and happy friendships, children will look at how maintain personal boundaries and developing healthy, respectful relationships with their peers.
  • Caring and responsibilities looks specifically at our roles as part of different communities, what our communities mean to us, and what our rights and responsibilities are. This includes teaching about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Year 4.
  • Healthy bodies, healthy minds and Coping with change look at personal development and enable children to develop the resilience to address changes in their lives as they grow older and, to set goals for themselves.
Once the free period of access ends, annual charges are based on the FTE of your school and the following bands: £275 (Under 100), £375 (101–200) and £495 (201+).

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