Children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world where they shift seamlessly between the on and offline world. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks.
In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.
This is why the Government made Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools in England. We use the subject to cement key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This sits alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy.
Teaching about mental wellbeing is central to these subjects, especially as a priority for parents is their children’s happiness. We know that children and young people are increasingly experiencing challenges, and that young people are at particular risk of feeling lonely.
The new subject content will give them the knowledge and capability to take care of themselves and receive support if problems arise.