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 Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education. The DfE guidance can be found here. 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. (Catholic Education Service)
As of September 2020, 'Relationships Education' became a statutory subject for all primary schools and 'Relationships and Sex Education' became a statutory subject for all secondary schools in England. A draft statutory guidance for Governing Bodies, Head Teachers, Principals, Senior Leadership Teams and Teachers was published in February 2019 by the Department for Education. For Catholic schools, this new curriculum provides challenges and opportunities. (TenTen Resources)
St Elizabeth's Catholic Voluntary Academy is worked in partnership with Ten Ten Resources to ensure the school implemented a fully compliant curriculum and RSE Policy for Relationships Education (RSE) from September 2020. TenTen Resources are used widely across many Catholic schools in England. The Catholic Education Service have approved TenTen curriculum content and standard of resources to ensure schools undertake their statutory duty.
The Governors and Senior Leadership team at St Elizabeth's Catholic Voluntary Academy has developed a policy for RSHE, in consultation with parents, governors and the parish community.
Please see key documents below which relate to the intent, implementation and required impact for the teaching of RSHE.