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Policy Update: Relationship & Sex Education (RSE)

As you may be aware, from September 2020 onwards, Relationship & Sex Education (RSE) becomes statutory in all Secondary School and Relationship Education becomes statutory in all Primary Schools.

As a result of this, governors have reviewed the school’s Relationship & Sex Education (RSE) curriculum and Policy so that we are certain that we can meet statutory requirements and that the provision is appropriate for students here at St Edmund’s.   Our Catholic faith and ethos remains at the heart of the RSE provision and underpins all of our values within St Edmund’s. We have collaborated with other local Catholic Schools and the Diocese to ensure that our curriculum will be in line with our Catholic faith. 

We will be using resources provided by Ten:Ten, a faith inspired programme that teaches RSE within the context of a Christian understanding of human sexuality – routed in the wisdom and teaching of the Catholic Church.  A link to resource can be found at https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/parent-portal/

The framework of the Ten:Ten programme is taken from the model Catholic RSE programme produced by the Catholic Education Service. This has been highlighted by the Department of Education as a work of good practice.  

In terms of curriculum, much of the statutory content was already covered in a variety of subjects or within the schools Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE), Religious Education and the Science curriculum.  The new curriculum focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, well-being, safeguarding and healthy relationships. Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, it will give young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and will help them take responsibility for their own well-being. Although we have always had a robust Personal Social Health Education programme, this new guidance will make it even more comprehensive.

In order for our RSE curriculum to be successful and for parents/carers to have a good understanding of what is delivered in school, I would invite you to read through the RSE policy and provide any feedback that you might have using the link below by the 6th July 2020.

Whilst not all of our resources will be ready/available until next year the policy, along with the Ten:Ten programme of study will give you a good insight into the RSE provision here at St Edmund’s.  

If you have any questions please contact Mrs Axton, Assistant Headteacher on 023 9282 3766 extension 206 by the 6th July 2020.  We will use all views and comments to help shape and inform future planning.

Click here to view the full letter from the Head

Relationship & Sex Education (RSE) Policy

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