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St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy

We are Part of God's family; A unique gift. Faithful to God, United we excel.

We are proud to work with all the Catholic schools across our two local authority areas, particularly as the Trust grows and benefits from the expertise and knowledge that other schools joining in the future will bring.

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PSHE and RSE  

Our Mission

We are part of Christ’s family; a unique gift. Faithful to God, United we excel.



Our Mission Statement 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 Joseph'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. 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 September 2020, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, will be statutory, and form part of the National Curriculum.

This means that we have been reviewing our RSE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:

  • Age
  • Physical and emotional maturity
  • Catholic faith
  • Special educational needs and disabilities


As part of this process, we have consulted parents, staff and governors to help us inform our schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is covered.

The Consultation Questions were as follows

  1. Do you think PSHE/RSE education is an important part of the school curriculum?
  2. Do you feel happy to talk to your child about growing up, sex and relationships in an age appropriate and fait based way?
  3. Are there any changes or additions that you think should be made to the RSE Policy?
  4. Are there any changes or additions that you think should be made to the RSE Curriculum Outline?
  5. Thinking about relationships and sex education, what do you believe is the most important subject area that should be taught for different age groups/key stages and why?
  6. Thinking about relationships and sex education, is there an area that you think should not be taught for different age groups/key stages and why?

Click below to read our response to the parent consultation:

Parent Consultation Response

This consultation process has enabled us to reach a general consensus and help us make adjustments to our policy and curriculum based on your feedback.

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.


       This includes: