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What is R.S.E?


R.S.E. is an important element of the curriculum called Relationship and Sexuality Education.

Our children seem to be growing up faster than in past decades. It is important that pupils are aware of sexuality and how it can positively impact our life and relationships. As a school, working with parents, we have a responsibility to prepare pupils for their development in Relationships and Sexuality Education. In particular, this does mean preparing pupils for puberty and for their growth into adult life.

R.S.E. can have a positive effect on self-esteem. Pupils are encouraged to recognise their individual needs, to respect the needs and wants of others, and to develop the skills and self-esteem to become confident adolescents.

Many pupils cannot or are unwilling to talk to their parents about growing up and about sexual matters. Schools can offer information and provide opportunities to consider feelings and concerns within a secure environment.

Relationships and Sexuality Education (R.S.E.) is clearly a part of our vision of ‘Learning to Live’.

Parents must be assured that:

  • Our work in R.S.E. is fully consistent with our Christian ethos;
  • It is always age appropriate (focusing on puberty issues);
  • Our policy and scheme has been developed via parent consultation;
  • We work with a highly skilled and responsible partner organisation to provide puberty education (‘Love for Life’);
  • When sensitive issues are being addressed in Year 6 and 7 parents will be informed and invited to be involved;
  • Pupil, staff and parent feedback about our provision is excellent!

R.S.E Documents


R.S.E Links

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