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Relationships & Sex Education (RSHE)

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. (Catholic Education Service).



The statutory implementation for 'Relationships in Education' has been delayed until the Summer Term 2021 (due to Covid-19). When implemented, it will become a statutory subject for all primary schools and 'Relationships and Sex Education' will become a statutory subject for all secondary schools in England. At St Robert Southwell we plan to introduce teaching RHE in the second half of the Summer Term 2021.


Please find below, guidance issued by the Department for Education on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education. Catholic Schools are required to deliver RSHE in accordance with the teaching of the Church. This approach is compatible with the guidance issued by the DfE.


At St Robert Southwell, we will be using the Ten:Ten Programme for Catholic Primary Schools called Life to the Full, to teach Relationships Education and Health Education within the context of Christian understanding of human sexuality rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Catholic Church.


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 DfE as a work demonstrating good practice.


Life to the Full is a fully resourced Scheme of work in Relationships and Health Education for Catholic Primary Schools which embraces and fulfills the new statutory curriculum. Taught with a spiral approach to learning, in which pupils will revisit the same topics at an age-appropriate stage through their school life. The programme includes teaching about personal health, physical and emotional well-being, strong emotions, private parts of the body, personal relationships, family structures, trusted adults, growing bodies, puberty, periods, life cycles, the dangers of social media, where babies come from, an understanding of the Common Good and living in the wider world. the entire teaching is underpinned with a religious understanding that our deepest identity is as a child of God - created, chosen and loved by God. The programme is fully inclusive of all pupils and their families. 


Parents can access the content being taught via the online parent platform. This allows you to engage with the teaching and deepen the experience for your child. The log in for the parent portal (below) is as follows: 

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