As a Catholic school, our role is to nurture the development of the whole person. Children will learn about their spiritual, social, moral, emotional and physical development in ways appropriate to their age, level of maturity and development needs because their ability to form loving, caring, happy, strong, healthy, stable relationships is based upon this lifelong learning. It promotes self-worth and contributes to the teaching of the wider PSHE curriculum. Parents and carers are the primary educators in this regard. This development is also fostered in many areas of the school curriculum and includes aspects of character such as extraordinary respect for one’s self and each other, confidence, responsibility, and fundamentally an understanding of oneself as a unique and beautiful part of God’s creation. The centrality of self-giving love, the importance of love for relationships, is taught and promoted. Education in sex and relationships will reflect on and explore family life and relationships because it is in the family that children first experience love, affection, respect, forgiveness and other ways of relating to others. It is in this Catholic context that the definition of RSE, given in the DfE guidance is understood. The guidance states that RSE is the ‘lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of marriage, stable and loving relationships, respect love and care.
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