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Delivering statutory content

As we approach the final deadline for delivery some schools will still be considering how best to deliver the statutory content of Relationships (and Sex) and Health Education. This is a decision for each school to make but below are some positives and negatives for different delivery methods. Drop down days/ Off timetable days – […]

Book review – July

BookLife will soon be publishing a new series of books focussing on different feelings.  Each book looks at one feeling and associates it with a colour.  The books are designed for individual children to use to help them when they are experiencing an emotion.  Each book is filled with practical ideas to help deal with […]

Book review – Pride month

June is Pride month an opportunity to celebrate LGBTQIA+ communities around the world. There are times when schools can find this a difficult topic to address and books provide a great way to begin the discussion. Below is my review of the Pride In series which has just been published by Booklife. I was not […]

Sex Education in the primary school

In the last blog we looked at policy requirements and for primary schools, part of this is outlining what if any sex education is going to be taught. Page 23 of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education Statutory guidance 2019 provides information on what is expected including the following  “the Department […]


In my last blog we went back to basics to consider the various aspects of PSHE education and how the statutory content fits within this.  Today we will consider the policies your school requires in these areas. The government guidance sets out the statutory requirements for a Relationships Policy for primary and a Relationships and […]

Back to basics

Welcome back to my blog and I can’t believe it is so long since I last posted anything!  I am hoping to rectify that and have a few posts planned for the coming weeks. We are living in extremely strange times at the moment and doing any sort of forward planning is very difficult.  However, […]

The power of networking

In this blog I am considering the power of networking. Since setting up my own business I have become aware of the vast number of networks and support groups there are for small businesses.  It has been great to attend some of these and talk to others in a similar position to me. Attending these […]

Parent and carer engagment

The Department for Education have published guidance for Primary schools on parental engagement in Relationships Education. The document helps to clarify what is expected in terms of engagement/consultation with parents and carers in preparation for September 2020.  The full document can be downloaded here and below are some key points:- I know that for many […]

Welcome to my website & blog

Since launching my business ‘Personal Development Matters’ in September, I have been working with Rob my web designer to put together a website and I am delighted it is now live. On the site you will find out more about me and the services I offer to schools. I am also intending to blog regularly […]