Relationships and Health Education
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 (RSHE) 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.
RSHE 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'
Ten Ten have provided an online Parent Consultation Tool. This is a simple to follow, short online course which:
- Outlines the statutory changes that will take place.
- Articulates a vision for Catholic Relationships and Health Education.
- Explains how Life to the Full aims to help us fulfil the statutory curriculum with a Catholic ethos.
- Provides some information about key decisions we need to make, in consultation with parents.
- Answers some Frequently Asked Questions.
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The Roman Catholic Federation of Holy Name and Our Lady's completed a parent consultation regarding RSHE in May 2021. Following feedback from the consultation, we have created an FAQ section to provide information to reassure parent.
Can I withdraw my child from Relationship and Sex Education ?
Relationship Education will be a statutory part of the school's curriculum and all pupils will be expected to take part and engage in the curriculum content delivered by Our Lady's.
However, some elements of our curriculum are not statutory. See Our RSHE for further information. Parents will always be informed that these sessions are upcoming and parents who would prefer to teach these session themselves are able to withdraw their child from the session. Please inform the school by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you wish for your child to be withdrawn for those particular sessions of the programme. You can find out more information in the RSHE resource bank above.
Can you provide information regarding the Founder of Ten:Ten?
Ten Ten is a family run organisation that is based in North London and works throughout the UK. Founded by siblings Clare and Martin O'Brien, Ten Ten work with approximately 30 freelance creative contributors every year to produce a wide variety of work, led by a small office team. You can find out more information regarding Ten:Ten by visiting their website: https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/
Furthermore, Ten Ten has entered into a partnership with the Catholic Education Service and the Department for Education to provide training for teachers in Catholic schools on the subject of the new statutory curriculum.
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 inclusive of all children, families and teaching staff;
- From the very start, the programme acknowledges that families are made up differently (including single-parent families, blended families, step-parents, carers, etc) and it celebrates the family unit in whatever form it takes;
- The school will build on this teaching, depending on the cohort, to ensure that every child is assured and their family background is affirmed;
- In Upper Key Stage Two, the presenters on film say that some children have 'two Mums and two Dads' as part of a list of different family set-ups - this is the only explicit reference to same-sex relationships in the programme;
- The programme emphasises very strongly the dignity of every person as being created and loved by God - it examines difference and bullying;
- The only reference to sexual intimacy is in the optional UKS2 session 'Making Babies: Part 2,' as discussed in the section of this document, 'Key Decision'. In this session, sexual intimacy is discussed within the context of a heterosexual marriage and the Catholic-Christian point of view is clearly stated.
- The teaching is in line with the statutory guidance from the Department of Education.
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 access the online parent platform please visit: www.tentenresources.co.uk/parent-portal