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Relationships and Sex Education

Our school vision commits us to the education of the whole child and we believe that Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is an integral part of this education. It is in this context that we commit ourselves, in partnership with parents, to provide children and young people with a positive and relationships and sexual education which is compatible with their physical, cognitive, psychological, and spiritual maturity, and rooted in the Catholic vision of education and the human person.


As a part of your child’s education at St Patrick's, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives children and young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.

The Department for Education has made changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation which came into effect from September 2020 and all schools are required to comply with the updated requirements from the summer term of 2021. The statutory guidance can be found at:


The  guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships.

Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own well-being.

Consequently, from the summer term of 2021, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, became statutory, and now form part of the National Curriculum. 

We follow the updated scheme "A Journey in Love" which has been approved for use by our Diocese.

The right to withdraw children from some lessons is explained in the FAQs below.

To help you understand the curriculum requirements, please look at the information below which provides more detail.

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