Relationship and Sex Education Curriculum
Relationship and Sex Education 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. (Catholic Education Service)
The statutory implementation for 'Relationships Education' was delayed until the summer term 2021; due to Covid 19. When implemented, it will become a statutory subject for all primary schools.
At St Paul's, we now deliver our Relationship and Education Curriculum through Ten:Ten's programme in Relationship Education for Catholic primary schools, Life to the Full. Ten:Ten Resources are used widely across many Catholic schools in England and The Catholic Education Service have approved Ten:Ten curriculum content and standard of resources to ensure schools undertake their statutory duty.
Ten:Ten have based the structure of Life to the Full on ‘A Model Catholic RSE Curriculum’ by the Catholic Education Service, which was highlighted as a work of good practice by the Department of Education. Therefore, Life to the Full has a good foundation for a programme that will be fit for purpose over the coming years.
Online Parent Portal
Parents are invited to review the programme's content by accessing the Online Parent Portal:
This resource is be available to view for parents/carers via an online parent portal: https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/online-parent-portal-primary/
You will need the following login credentials for our school in order to explore these resources:
St Paul's completed a parent consultation regarding RSE in March 2019 and again in March 2021 when we adopted the Ten:Ten programme. Following feedback from the consultation, we have created a FAQ section to provide information to reassure parents, along with information which will support parents in talking with their child about RSE.
Can I withdraw my child from Relationship and Sex Education?
Relationship Education will be a statutory part of the school's curriculum and all pupils will be expected to take part and engage in the curriculum content delivered at St Paul's.
However, some elements of our curriculum is not statutory. These elements are outlined in our RSE policy in the section: Key Decisions. Parents will always be informed that these sessions are upcoming and parents who would prefer to teach these sessions themselves are able to withdraw their child from the session. Please inform the school by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to withdraw your child for those particular sessions of the programme.
You can find out more information in the parent guide in the RSE Resource Bank above.
Can you provide information regarding the Founder of Ten:Ten?
A family-run organisation, Ten Ten is based in North London and works throughout the UK. Founded by siblings Clare and Martin O'Brien, Ten Ten works with approximately 30 freelance creative contributors every year to produce a wide variety of work, led by a small office team. You can find out more information regarding Ten:Ten by visiting their website:
Furthermore, Ten Ten has entered into a partnership with the Catholic Education Service and the Department for Education to provide training for teachers in Catholic schools on the subject of the new statutory curriculum.
How does the Programme deal with sensitive issues around family and relationships?
The following notes should help you to understand and articulate the position that the programme takes on this subject: https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/parent-portal/
The teaching is in line with the statutory guidance from the Department of Education.