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Relationships and health education 'RSHE' (and PSHE)

Catholic schools, like all other schools in England, are required to produce a written policy following the guidance issued by the Department for Education on Relationships education, relationships and sex education  and health education. 

Catholic schools are also required to deliver RHE in accordance with the teaching of the Church. This approach is compatible with the guidance issued by the DfE.

Why is RHSE in Catholic Schools important?

RHE is part of the mission of Catholic schools to educate the whole person. It is carried out as part of the holistic education which seeks to form as well as inform young people in preparation for adult life.

What does outstanding Relationships and Health Education in Catholic school look like?

In order for Catholic RHE to be fully effective it needs to:

  • Be faithful to the Church's vision of human wholeness whilst recognising the contemporary context in which we live today;
  • Involve parents as they are primary educators of their child;
  • Provide a positive view of the dignity of the human person;
  • Equip young people with the ability to make practical judgments about the right thing to do in particular circumstances;
  • Explore and promote virtues which are essential to promoting respect and dignity;
  • Be delivered in an age appropriate way which reflects the development of the child;
  • Be part of the cross-curricular work in both primary and secondary schools;
  • Be sensitive to the needs of the individual pupil and recognise the mix of pupils and family backgrounds in each class;
  • Be taken seriously by governors and teachers as an integrated part of the broad and balanced curriculum that Catholic schools offer;
  • Be delivered by competent professionals who understand the Church's teaching.

Parents were fully consulted in the devising of our RSHE curriculum as parents are the first educators.

One of the most distinctive features of a Catholic Relationships Education programme is to emphasise the vital role that parents have in nurturing their children on these matters. It is our aim to reassure parents and lead to a shared vision and purpose in teaching RSHE. ‘Life to the Full’ provides tools to enable us to share lesson content with parents and gives access to an online platform to ensure that parents are fully integrated into the teaching and learning of RSHE. If you forget your log in details- please see your child’s teacher who will be happy to share it again with you.


Impact of our RSHE and PSHE teaching

By the time our children leave our school they will:

  • be able to approach a range of real life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
  • be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
  • appreciate difference and diversity
  • recognise and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual respect, Rule of law and Liberty
  • be  able to understand and manage their emotions
  • be able to look after their mental health and well-being
  • be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers both now and in the future.
  • understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level
  • have respect for themselves and others.
  • have a positive self esteem




 Examples of work - 

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