St Anne’s Catholic Primary School
Relationships,Sex and Health Education Policy (RSE)
Mission Statement: Learn To Love…Love To Learn
At St. Anne’s we aim to:
Nurture a vibrant Christian Community living with shared values,
Celebrate the uniqueness of individuals within our school community
& empower them to achieve their dreams & aspirations,
Be a community that fosters positive relationships.
With this in mind…. Aims for Promoting Personal Relationships:
- To provide a curriculum in Personal Relationship Education that is authentic to the Church’s teaching and acknowledges every pupils’ stage of physical and emotional development
- To ensure that a sensitive and balanced programme is available – as appropriate to the age and stage of development of all the pupils.
- To develop an awareness of the physical and emotional changes that occur during the natural process of growing up.
- To understand the sensitive nature of these physical changes in relation to themselves and others.
- To help develop understanding of the nature of relationships and the need for appropriate responses.
- To place Education for Personal Relationships within a clear, moral framework; encouraging a responsible lifestyle.
- To encourage pupils to value self-respect and respect for others both physically and emotionally.
- To identify the physical, emotional and moral risks of certain types of behaviour.
Our teaching of RSHE is rooted in our Catholic faith and the teaching of the Gosepl Values.
Education for Personal Relationships is taught in a cross-curricular way beginning in the Foundation Stage and continuing throughout Key Stages 1 and 2. The 'Journey in Love' scheme of work is followed for RSE.
In order to ensure accessibility to all our pupils, the lessons are differentiated to reflect the level of understanding that pupils are demonstrating.
The class teacher will be responsible for the delivery of personal and relationship education as part of the planned schemes of work. The School Nurse may provide additional support when requested.
The programmes of study for PSHE form an integral part of St Anne’s Curriculum and these are modified to take into account the needs of all pupils, ensuring progression as the pupil moves through the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and 2. Advice and support from outside agencies will be sought as and when necessary.
Teaching and Learning Styles
The person leading the lesson provides a balanced and sensitive approach to personal relationships education within the broad framework of P.S.H .E. and the programme is taught mainly on a mixed gender basis. Where appropriate, boys/girls may be given opportunities to clarify issues separately – if this is deemed appropriate by the teacher. The class teachers will also be responsible for the planning and delivery of work, ensuring differentiation addresses individual pupils’ needs. The subject is also reinforced via cross-curricular means which includes aspects of different learning styles.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
To engender a sensitive approach to relationships education, it is essential to make sure the group feels safe. To achieve this, aspects of the following learning strategies will be in place:
- Group rules
- Privacy of rooms
- Dealing with sensitive issues
Use of Visitors Advice and support from outside agencies will be sought as and when necessary. They will be given copies of the school’s policy statement prior to their work in school and they will be required to act within the guidelines given there. Sessions from outside agencies will be planned and delivered in conjunction with the RSE Subject Lead and the school Pastoral Manager.
If sensitive issues are raised the recommendations given in the Child Protection Policy will be adhered to.
Information, examples of work and contents of pupil’s files are available to parents enabling them to follow up any issues raised in school thus fostering the close liaison developed between school and parents in this sensitive area.
Parents are informed by letter when their child will be receiving relationships/sex education. They will be signposted to the Archdiocese website to review resources, be informed of intended learning outcomes and how these will be delivered through the schemes of work. In the same invite, parents will be informed of the procedure for withdrawing their child from personal relationships education if they so wish. Alternative lessons will be provided for any child who is withdrawn. Parental concerns will be dealt with individually by the class teacher, UKS2 Lead. Any parent who wishes to view materials or discuss issues further will be invited into school.
The Subject Leader in conjunction with the Head of School /Executive Headteacher, will present the RSE Policy for the Governor’s approval and always act within their agreed guidelines. It is the responsibility of the teacher delivering the lessons to monitor and evaluate pupil progress.
It is the responsibility of the Subject Leader to:
- Keep under review, and make suggestions for the updating of all equipment
- Research the range of resources appropriate to the needs of the pupils at St Anne’s.
- Liaise with SLT and staff re: the development of teaching and learning of this subject throughout the school.
- Review, on a regular basis, the provision for this subject at St Anne’s in line with new government initiatives.
The RE/RSE Subject Leaders are released from their classrooms in order to enable the subject leader to:
- Support teachers in their own classrooms
- Support teachers in the development of subject teaching
- Monitor and evaluate the quality of subject teaching throughout the school
Evaluating the Programme
Ongoing assessment through teacher observation and daily/weekly recording of pupils’ work informs evaluation of the termly targets and future target setting. Teachers use the information contained in the termly assessments with regard to pupils’ achievements and progress in this subject to inform the Annual Review process, end of Key Stage Assessments and reporting to parents.
The RSE Policy will be reviewed within the cycle of policy reviews for the school and feedback will be invited from staff and governors. The impact of this policy will be evident in the way in which our children develop a growing awareness of and a positive response to the demands of living in today’s world.
Our vision for RSHE
Our belief in the unique dignity of the human person as made in the image and likeness of God underpins the approach to all education in our school. Our approach to relationship and sex education therefore is rooted in the Catholic Church’s teaching of the human person and is presented positively and prudently. Stemming from this vision of what it means to be human, we seek to educate the whole child: spiritually, intellectually, morally, emotionally, psychologically, and physically towards our understanding of Christian maturity.
At St. Anne’s we have opted to use the ‘Journey in Love’ RSE programme, recommended by Liverpool Archdiocese and the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales. This programme is authentic to the Catholic faith and supports the teaching and learning of our pupils from Nursery to Year 6.
Through RSHE we aim to:
- To encourage pupils’ growth in self-respect, acknowledging we are all created in the image and likeness of God.
- To help pupils develop an understanding that love is the central basis of relationships.
- To help pupils to understand the nature of relationships and to encourage them to reflect on their own relationships and respect differences between people.
- To develop pupils’ confidence in talking, listening and thinking about feelings and relationships.
- To help pupils acquire the personal and social skills necessary to develop and sustain positive (healthy) relationships.
- To offer sex education in the wider context of relationships.
- To ensure that pupils protect themselves and ask for help and support when needed. • To ensure that pupils are prepared for puberty.
- To educate and increase understanding of the child’s own growth and development and the different rates at which changes take place (puberty).
- To develop a respect for their own bodies and the bodies of others.
- To provide an acceptable vocabulary for all parts of the body.
- To promote the belief that each human person has a unique and special dignity and worth and is not dependent on an individual’s age, abilities, social acceptability or any other characteristic.
- To enable the development of well informed, balanced persons capable of making choices and accepting responsibility for the consequences of their actions. • To be sensitive and tolerant to the decisions and choices that people make.
- To foster the attitude that what we say with our bodies should reflect what we mean in our hearts and minds.
- To help pupils to develop a healthier, safer lifestyle.
- To prepare pupils to play an active role as citizens and to understand the Catholic vision of what it means to be citizens of the Kingdom/reign of God.