Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)
Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) Curriculum
At Sacred Heart we follow the scheme ‘A journey in love, which is approved for use by the Diocese of Shrewsbury. This scheme ensures that our pupils from EYFS to Year 6 are given the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of what is meant by a relationship and how love is at the centre of all meaningful relationships. Heavily rooted in scripture, the scheme provides opportunities to develop greater awareness of the love they have for God, others and themselves, whilst also making it clear that love is a gift from God.
As the scheme progresses, the children examine their place in their families, the wider community and the world, discovering how our relationships between one another affects how we live. Later in the scheme the children are taught about how human life is conceived having underpinned this with earlier opportunities to develop an awareness of what a caring, stable and loving relationship looks like.
Following the introduction of new RSE guidelines published by the Department for Education (DfE), Sacred Heart embarked on a period of consultation about the design of our RSE curriculum. The new guidelines removed the statutory requirement for primary schools to teach their pupils about sexual intimacy, putting more focus on relationships. With the new guidelines in mind, as well as the distinctive Catholic nature of our school community, we have worked to ensure that our curriculum has the teachings of Christ at its heart.
During the consultation process, all stakeholders were consulted. This included, staff, governors and parents through a working party which was held in March 2020. During this consultation, many views and opinions were discussed and considered. The result has been that the updated version of ‘A Journey in Love’ and our new RSE Policy offers the most appropriate approach for our school community, ensuring we meet the new guidelines whilst maintaining our distinctive Catholic Nature. Our new policy and an overview of the curriculum for each year group can be viewed below.
Our consultation period remains open and any queries or feedback about our curriculum or RSE policy can be sent to school either by email marked for the attention of our Religion & RSE Lead, Mr Stephen Walsh.