St Aidan'sCatholic Primary SchoolCome in and learn with Jesus; go out and serve with love.


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Relationships and Health Education

Relationships and Health Education (RHE)


Catholic schools, like all other schools in England, are required to produce a written policy following the guidance issued by the Department for Education on Relationships and Health Education(RHE) in primary schools and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in secondary schools. The DfE guidance can be found here. Catholic schools are also required to deliver RHE in accordance with the teaching of the Church. This approach is compatible with the guidance issued by the DfE.



Why is RHE in Catholic Schools important?

RHE is part of the mission of Catholic schools to educate the whole person. It should be carried out as part of the holistic education which seeks to form as well as inform young people in preparation for adult life.



What does outstanding RHE in a Catholic school look like?

In order for Catholic RHE 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;
  • Provide a positive view of human sexuality and dignity of the human person;
  • 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 Catholic schools offer;
  • Be delivered by competent professionals who understand the Church's teaching.



Life To The Full

We use the Diocesan recommended 'Life to the Full' materials for RHE. Please see the leaflet below or contact the school for a parent login to have a closer look at the materials.