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Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, form part of the National Curriculum. This change began September 2020. As part of our school’s wider Personal, Social and Health Education programme, pupils receive lessons on relationships, sexual health and personal safety. 

Relationships and sex education (RSE) is learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. Throughout the Personal Development lessons students will be provided with age appropriate information, explore attitudes and values and develop skills in order to empower them to make positive decisions about their health-related behaviour.

RSE will therefore equip all key staged students with the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships, to enjoy their sexuality and to take responsibility for their sexual health and well-being. All whilst keeping the values, virtues and ethos of being part of a Catholic community at the forefront of our learning. 

The foundations of RSE are based on five different subjects: Healthy Relationships; Pornography and safe online relationships; Consent; Family Planning and LGBTQ+ and is taught in a spiralled curriculum allowing for a deeper knowledge and age – appropriate understandings.

At Blessed Thomas Holford, we deliver RSHE using the TEN:TEN Resources, which have been designed to meet the statutory RSE and Health Education requirements and are supported by the Catholic Education Society and the Diocese.  The TEN:TEN Resources “Life to the Full” will address the needs of young people where they are at in today’s world. The teaching includes lessons on puberty, personal hygiene, fertility, menstruation, family and friends, sexual intimacy, delaying sex, an understanding of the body, sexuality, marriage, gender, online relationships, social media, consent, grooming, pressure, STIs, contraception and natural family planning, abortion/miscarriage, the effect of drugs and alcohol on relationships, pornography and sexual exploitation. The programme will be fully inclusive of all pupils.