Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is a statutory requirement within the Primary School Curriculum. Through this subject area we seek to educate the whole person. The publication of the Church of England’s, ‘Valuing All God’s Children’ has been the basis of our curriculum planning, alongside, The Equality Act 2010. All of our relationships teaching is carried out as part of our holistic education which seeks to form as well as inform young people in preparation for adult life. Health Education is also part of this subject.
‘Church of England schools have at their heart a belief that all children are loved by God, are individually unique and that the school has a mission to help each pupil to fulfil their potential in all aspects of their personhood: physically, academically, socially, morally and spiritually. Our aim is that all may flourish and have an abundant life. Schools have a duty to try to remove any factor that might represent a hindrance to a child’s fulfilment. We want all pupils to willingly engage in learning in a safe and welcoming environment.’ Valuing All God’s Children
We are currently working through the new guidance that is due to become statutory in September 2020 and have been consulting within the local community.
‘The core purpose of any Church School is to maximise the learning potential of every pupil within the love of God.’ Valuing All God’s Children
All schools will teach children about good physical and mental health, how to stay safe on and offline, and the importance of healthy relationships
In order for RSE to be fully effective it needs to:
- Be faithful to the Church's vision of human wholeness whilst recognising the contemporary context in which we live today
- Involve parents, as they are primary educators of their child
- Equip young people with the ability to make practical judgments about the right thing to do in particular circumstances
- Explore and promote virtues which are essential to promoting respect and dignity
- Be delivered in an age appropriate way which reflects the development of the child
- Be part of the cross-curricular work in both primary and secondary schools
- Be sensitive to the needs of the individual pupil and recognise the mix of pupils with different (sexual) orientations, genders and family backgrounds in each class
- Be taken seriously by governors and teachers as an integrated part of the broad and balanced curriculum that our Church School offers
- Be delivered by competent professionals who understand the Church's teaching.
For each of us, life is like a journey.
Birth is the beginning of this journey,
And death is not the end; but the destination.
It is a journey that takes us
from youth to age,
from innocence to awareness,
from ignorance to knowledge, from foolishness to wisdom,
from weakness to strength and often back again,
from offence to forgiveness, from pain to compassion,
from fear to faith,
from defeat to victory and from victory to defeat,
Until, looking backward or ahead,
we see that victory does not lie at some high point along the way,
but in having made the journey, stage by stage.
(Adapted from an old Hebrew Prayer)