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E4S - Education for Safeguarding


The Education for Safeguarding – E4S (under the umbrella of relationships and health education in the National Curriculum) - is a compulsory subject in all primary schools. E4S is in place to support the development of the key building blocks of healthy and respectful relationships. Within this, children will learn about the different types of relationship that we experience throughout our lives and within different contexts; in person and online. Physical health and well-being are of equal importance and often influenced by our relationships.

The intention of this curriculum is to prioritise children’s happiness and embed strategies for tackling loneliness experienced by young people, empowering them to take care of themselves and seek support and help as necessary.  Within this wealth of vital learning, the personal attributes of kindness, integrity, generosity and honesty will be promoted to nurture well-rounded and positive contributors to our future society as successful and happy adults.



Learning will take place during weekly scheduled lessons that tightly follow the SRE National Curriculum requirements for all children across the key stages. Lessons will be creatively moulded to meet the appropriate demands of the curriculum area and include:

  • Teacher-led lessons
  • Paired and group discussions
  • Investigation style activities
  • Circle time activities and discussions
  • Clear, waymarked, links to the wider curriculum (especially science and PE)
  • External speakers
  • Key information presented in assembly and workshop-style sessions in whole-school, key stage, or year group settings


A summary of what pupils should know about and therefore be able to act upon or react to:

Families and those who care for them including: healthy family life, love, security and stability; differences in families; the role of marriage; where to seek advice and support if things are not safe and happy at home.

Caring friendships including: the importance of friendships; how people choose and make friends; the characteristics of friendships; positive and welcoming behaviour towards others; that friendships have their ups and downs; how to recognise who to/not to trust.

Respectful relationships including: the importance of respecting others and their differences; practical steps for improving relationships; conventions of courtesy and manners; self-respect and happiness; the expectation that others should treat them with respect; different types of bullying; stereotypes; permission-seeking and giving.

Online relationships including: how some people behave differently online and may pretend to be someone else; the importance of applying the rules of face-to-face relationships to those we have online; the rules and principles of keeping safe online; how to critically consider online friendships and sources of information; how data is shared and used online.

Being safe including: boundaries and appropriate friendships; the concept of privacy; that each person’s body belongs to them; how to respond safely and appropriately to adults they encounter in all contexts; how to recognise and report feelings of being unsafe or feeling bad about an adult; how to ask for help for themselves or others; how to report concerns; where to get advice.


Please see here for our E4S Route Map

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