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From September 2020, Relationships Education will become compulsory for all pupils receiving primary education.  

The DFE guidance defines RSE as “lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development.  It is about the understanding of the importance of marriage and family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care.  It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health.”[1]  It is about the development of the pupil’s knowledge and understanding of themselves about what it means to be fully human, called to live in right relationships with self and others and being enabled to make moral decisions in conscience.  The DFE identifies three main elements: “attitudes and values, personal and social skills, and knowledge and understanding”.


The Rationale behind RSE at St Anne's

“I have come that you might have life and have it to the full”    John 10:10

We are involved in relationships and sex education precisely because of our Christian beliefs about God and about the human person.  The belief in the unique dignity of the human person made in the image and likeness of God underpins the approach to all education in a Catholic school.  Our approach to RSE is therefore rooted in the Catholic Church’s teaching of the human person and presented in a positive framework of Christian ideals.

At the heart of the Christian life is the Trinity, Father, Son and Spirit in communion, united in loving relationship and embracing all people and all creation.  As a consequence of the Christian belief that we are made in the image and likeness of God, gender and sexuality are seen as God’s gift, reflect God’s beauty, and share in the divine creativity.  RSE, therefore, will be placed firmly within the context of relationship as it is there that sexuality grows and develops.

Following the guidance of the Bishops of England and Wales and as advocated by the DFE (and the Welsh Assembly Government) RSE will be firmly embedded in the PSHE framework as it is concerned with nurturing human wholeness and integral to the physical, spiritual, emotional, moral, social and intellectual development of pupils.  It is centred on Christ’s vision of being human as good news and will be positive and prudent, showing the potential for development, while enabling the dangers and risks involved to be understand and appreciated.

All RSE will be in accordance with the Church’s moral teaching.  It will emphasise the central importance of marriage and the family whilst acknowledging that all pupils have a fundamental right to have their life respected whatever household they come from and where pupils in our school community have different values from ours, our priority would always be to include them and to support them pastorally as appropriate.

Please see the Policy for more information.


[1] Sex and Relationship Education Guidance, DfEE, 2000

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