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Relationships and Sex Education in

In June 2019, the Government released the final guidance document of what schools will need to deliver around RSE as part of the basic school curriculum.  This guidance replaces the SRE guidance of 2000  The new statutory requirements come into effect from September 2020, although the DFE is encouraging schools to begin teaching the new curriculum now.

As a minimum, all schools will be required to cover a number of themes and topics by the end of the primary or secondary phase.


Relationships education


  • Families and people who care for me

  • Caring relationships

  • Respectful relationships

  • Online relationships

  • Being safe


Physical health and mental well being

  • Mental wellbeing

  • Internet safety and harms

  • Physical health and fitness

  • Healthy eating

  • Drugs alcohol and tobacco

  • Health and prevention

  • Basic first aid

  • Changing adolescent body



Many schools currently deliver these topics as part of their timetabled PSHE (personal social and health education)
The content also complements national curriculum subjects such as science, PE and computing.  It is a requirement that all schools have a written policy in place for RSE and this is freely available to parents and stakeholders.


The policy should reflect the needs of the children, parents and the community they serve.  Schools are allowed to devise a policy that reflects the faith background of their pupils.


Right to withdraw

There is no right of parental withdrawal from Relationships Education or Health education elements.  Parents do have the right to withdraw from some or all of the sex education, outside of the mandatory requirements ie that stated in the science national curriculum.


RSE at St Bernadette’s

At St Bernadette’s we have subscribed to an online RSE Programme provided by a Catholic company called Ten:Ten.


Ten:Ten are an award-winning theatre, film and educational organization working in Catholic Primary Schools throughout the UK.
We currently use the Collective Worship and Assembly materials provided by Ten:Ten.

The program provided by Ten:Ten is called Life To The Full.

It is being promoted by the Birmingham Diocesan Education Service.



Further information can be found by downloading the PDF presentations below.

RSE: Text
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