Catholic Schools, like all other schools in England are required to produce a written policy following the guidance issued by the Department of Education on Relationship Education, Relationships and Sex education (RSE) and Health Education. Catholic schools are required to deliver RSE in accordance with the teaching of the Church. This approach is compatible with the guidance issued by the DfE.
RSE is part of the mission of Catholic schools to educate the whole person. It should be carried out as part of the holistic education which seeks to form as well as inform young people in preparation for adult life.
Life to the Full, will teach Relationships Education and Health Education within the context of a Christian understanding of human sexuality rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Catholic Church.
Given that RHE (Relationships and Health Education) is now a statutory subject for all schools from September 2020, we are embracing “the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life” by giving pupils knowledge “that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships” (DFE Statutory Guidance).
We will deliver this teaching through the prism of Catholic RSHE. The framework of our programme is taken from the Model Catholic RSE Programme by the Catholic Education Service, which has been highlighted by the Department of Education as a work of good practice.
Our teaching of RSHE is based on our children understanding the importance of stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. Our implementation of RSHE will ensure sufficient attention is paid to developing the self-esteem of children in order that they can make informed choices in the future. The children will also be provided with sufficient factual knowledge related to their age. Although RSHE is taught through different aspects of the curriculum it will be rooted in the RE, PSHE and the Ten Ten RSE scheme 'Life to the Full'
In October 2021 a parent/ guardian questionnaire was sent out and feedback gathered regarding the opinions of RSHE. Following this feedback, we have created some key answers and points to help to reassure parents.
Can I withdraw my child from Relationship and Sex Education ?
Relationship Education is a statutory part of the school's curriculum and all pupils will be expected to take part and engage in the curriculum content delivered at Holy Family.
However, some elements of our curriculum are not statutory, these elements only appear in Key Stage Two and are clearly outlined in the above programme of study link and in the topic overview. Please inform the school by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish for your child to be withdrawn from those particular sessions of the programme.
How does the programme deal with sensitive issues around family and relationships ?
The following notes should help you to understand and articulate the position that the programme takes on this subject:
Life to the Full is much more than a series of lessons. It is an entire platform of creative resources that will engage, inform and inspire our children and, indeed, you as parents. This includes interactive video content, story-based activities, employing a wide range of teaching tools, original worship music and an accompanying programme of classroom prayers.
In addition there will be an online parent platform so that you, as parent and carers, can engage with the teaching and deepen the experience for your child.
To take part in the consultation, please do the following:
School Username: holy-family-dn7
School Password: together-house
We hope that our approach not only assures you about the new subject we are going to undertake. This will be an important and exciting opportunity for our entire school community.
Talking to your child about their feelings, relationships and changing body is important. Building good channels of communication throughout childhood can help your child to communicate with you as future issues of increasing seriousness arise.
Your child needs to know that it is OK to talk and that you are happy to talk. They will learn this through your body language, tone and manner when you talk, so try to behave as you would in any other topic of conversation.