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:
Please click on the Ten Ten Life to the Full logo for more information:
Please ensure that you read the RSE letter and follow the links to complete the Parent Consultation.
Top Tips for Talking to your child
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.
Below are simple strategies to make talking about feelings, relationships and the body more comfortable:
Start by talking about something that you both find comfortable, such as feelings and emotions.
Ask your child what they think their friends know/think about the topic, as this provides a way to talk about your child's views indirectly.
Avoid 'The Chat'. Talk about these topics little and often over everyday events like playing, drawing, whilst driving in the car or watching TV. This can help to normalise the conversation, easing uncomfortable feelings.
Reading a story book containing relevant content is a helpful way to stimulate discussion with your child.
Don't leave it too late. Start talking about relevant topics before you feel your child is approaching a level of curiosity about it, so you can establish strong channels of communication in readiness.
If you child asks you a question you are not sure how to answer, don't panic ! Let them know that you will answer it at another time, making sure you remember to. Sometimes a simple answer can provide a sufficient response.
Make sure that your child knows they can always talk to you anytime about anything.
St Francis Xavier completed a parent consultation regarding RSHE in January 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 St Francis.
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 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 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