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Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is an essential part of the curriculum in Catholic Primary Schools, guided by both educational standards and the moral teachings of the Catholic Church. In this context, RSE aims to provide children with the knowledge, understanding, and skills they need to make informed decisions about their relationships, health, and well-being.

Key Principles of RSE in Catholic Primary Schools

  1. Respect for the Dignity of the Human Person:

    • RSE is delivered with a deep respect for the dignity of every individual, recognising that each person is made in the image and likeness of God. This perspective shapes the approach to teaching about relationships, sexuality, and human development.
  2. Holistic Development:

    • The programme supports the physical, emotional, spiritual, and moral development of students. It aims to help them understand the importance of family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love, and care.
  3. Alignment with Catholic Teachings:

    • The content of RSE is firmly rooted in Catholic teachings and values. This includes an emphasis on the sanctity of marriage, the importance of family, and the virtues of chastity and fidelity.

RSE in Catholic Primary Schools is designed to nurture the whole child, fostering their development in a manner consistent with the values and teachings of the Catholic Church. It prepares children not only for the physical and emotional challenges they will face but also instils a strong moral foundation that will guide them throughout their lives.