( Relationships and Sex Education)

 What is R.S.E.?

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) 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. Teresa’s, in conjunction with Salford Diocese, 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, SRE is taught in the context of Christian relationships and virtues. SRE 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.


Since September 2020, it became statutory that all schools in England teach Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) as a fundamental part of the curriculum. At St Teresa’s, this has been taught for a number of years in the summer term as part of our PSHE lessons. We follow a Catholic scheme called ‘Journey in Love’, which complements our RE curriculum, ‘Come and See’. The scheme has been revised to follow the new government guidelines.



Within a Catholic context, the purpose for teaching RSE at St. Teresa’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 SRE

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

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


The delivery of Relationships and Sex 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 links below to view the school’s RSE Policy, based on the model from the Catholic Education Service (CES), and the RSE Overview.


St Teresa's RC Primary School

Address: 5 McDonald Road, Irlam, Manchester, M44 5LH
Headteacher: Mrs Sandra Burgess
Tel: 0161 777 8203  /  0161 921 2053
Email: stteresas.rcprimaryschool@salford.gov.uk

St Teresa's RC Primary School

5 McDonald Road, Irlam, Manchester, M44 5LH

Mrs Sandra Burgess

0161 777 8203