Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education
RSE and PSHE
At St Cuthbert's RC Primary School, we are committed to the education of the whole child through a broad and balanced curriculum. This includes the teaching of RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) at a level which is appropriate to the age and stage of development of our children. We believe that the teaching about human love and relationships must have the teachings of Jesus at its core and promote Catholic virtues as well as equipping all children with the clear and scientific information they need to maintain successful and happy relationships and healthy minds and bodies.
RSE and PSHE may be taught explicitly or through Religious Education, Science or Rights Respecting Schools lessons and each will be informed by the other.
Three key themes, in RSE, will be explored:
- We are created and loved by God
- We are created to love others
- We are created to live in communities: local, national & global
Our whole school intent for RSE
- For teaching and learning to be a sacred experience, with Christ known and at the core of our teaching.
- Inspired by the examples of Pope Francis, be rooted in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
- Develop communication skills necessary for life and learning, promoting high expectations and standards in reading, writing and maths across a range of subject areas.
- Providing opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident and successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and wider society.
- Providing diverse and rich SMSC (spiritual, moral social and cultural development) opportunities from which children develop a range of transferable skills.
- Encourage children to respect each other and have respect for people of all faiths, race and gender, ensuring children are well prepared for a rapidly changing world.
Our implementation of RSE
Our RSE Curriculum is enhanced with additional National and Diocesan programmes such as ‘Ten:Ten – Life to the Full’ and will be taught alongside the PSHE Association Curriculum; which seeks to promote both mental and physical wellbeing including drugs and alcohol education. Life to the Full is a programme in Relationship Education for Catholic primary schools throughout the UK.