Relationships, Sex and Health Education

 Love, Care, Share…

Love learning as friends;

Care for our community as neighbours;

Share our faith in Jesus as disciples.

What is RSHE?

Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) is lifelong learning about physical, moral, social and emotional development. It is the understanding of the importance of marriage and family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care.


At St. Ethelbert’s, in conjunction with BOSCEP (Bolton Schools Catholic Education Partnership), our mission is to educate our children with Christ at the centre, and thus all that we teach is focussed upon Catholic values and morals. We recognise each of our pupils as unique individuals, created in the image and likeness of God, and our curriculum reflects the Gospel values of our faith. Therefore, RSHE is taught in the context of Christian relationships and virtues. RSHE promotes children’s self-esteem and emotional wellbeing. It helps them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships based on respect for themselves and for others, at home, at school and in the community.


Within a Catholic context, the purpose for teaching RSHE at St. Ethelbert’s is:

  • To engender growth in self-respect and self-worth recognising that each of us is created in the image and likeness of God
  • To appreciate and understand the role of God our Father as creator of our world and the founder of productive and purposeful relationships
  • To enable pupils to have an understanding that love, trust and faith is central to relationships
  • To promote an appreciation of the nature, purposes and value of marriage and the family
  • To enable pupils to have an understanding of themselves, their bodies and their emotional development
  • To enable pupils to reflect and recognise the qualities that helps them to grow, develop and sustain positive and effective relationships 

Delivery of RSHE

The content for our RSHE provision has come from two sources:

  • A Journey in Love – a Catholic RSHE scheme
  • SCARF PSHE scheme

The delivery of Relationships, Sex and Health Education is now a statutory requirement for primary schools.

The following elements cover ‘the changes which occur in growing older’ part of the curriculum:

  • In Y1, the children will learn how babies learn to crawl and then walk; eat solid food etc. In Y4, the children are introduced to the term ‘puberty’ and how this is related to reproduction. (This is revised in much more detail in Y5 & Y6) This is part of the Health Education & Science Curriculum so children cannot be withdrawn from these lessons.

The following elements cover Sex Education:

  • The Department for Education recommends that children are taught how a baby is conceived and born using the knowledge of the human life cycle from the Science curriculum. This is covered in year 6 and parents may request that their child is withdrawn from these specific sessions.

Please follow the link below to view the school’s RSHE Policy, based on the model from the Catholic Education Service (CES).

RSHE Policy

RSHE Overview