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St Louis Catholic Academy

St Louis
Catholic Academy

Personal social and health education (PSHE) and Catholic Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

Personal social and health education (PSHE) and Catholic Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

At St Louis, Personal social and health education (PSHE) is an integral part of learning that enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to develop the child’s understanding of how they are growing personally and socially and helps them to respond to moral, social and cultural issues that are part of their development. We use Tenten’s  Life to the Full resources and our RE curriculum to support children to develop emotionally, gain confidence, nurture self-esteem and increase capacity to work collaboratively. We prepare children for active citizenship, to develop positive relationships and maintain healthy lifestyles.   Pupils are supported in all areas of personal development and are given sufficient time to learn. We hold assemblies featuring specific social and emotional aspects of learning, for example, Young Minds and mental wellbeing, CAFOD support for communities across the world and Show Racism the Red Card.

We use Life to the Full Curriculum and the detailed overview is provided below. This is a fully-resourced scheme of work in Relationships and Health Education (RHE) for primary schools.

All parents are given a login and password to access supporting material to use alongside school in their home setting. 

Relationship Education became statutory for all primary schools from September 2020. At St Louis we use The Life to the Full Plus programme.  This programme is based 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, we have confidence that the programme will be fit for purpose in supporting the growth and development of your child.

Life to the Full Plus is much more than a series of lessons. It is an entire platform of creative resources that will engage, inform and inspire our children and, indeed, you as parents. This includes interactive video content, story-based activities, employing a wide range of teaching tools, original worship music and an accompanying programme of classroom prayers. 



At St. Louis, we believe that PSHE/RSHE are intertwined subjects which should be taught alongside one another. This approach ensures children and young people are equipped with the knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to cope with the many pressures and challenges of modern society. Learning about friendships and family in both PSHE and RSHE are the building blocks to help children to understand themselves and others. Children are prepared for the physical and emotional changes they undergo at puberty. PSHE and RSHE should equip children and young people with the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships. It provides a positive view of human sexuality and dignity of the human person; equips young people with the ability to make practical judgements about the right thing to do in particular circumstances and explores and promotes virtues which are essential to promoting respect and dignity. All of this is done within the doctrine of the Catholic Church, faithful to the Church's vision of human wholeness whilst recognising the contemporary context in which we live today. With the support of Pope Francis we believe that everyone has “the right to be part of the family. They're children of God ... Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.”

We use the resources, shown below, to support us in our work with children.


RSHE is taught as explicit lessons through the PSHE and science curriculums but is also embedded in other areas of the curriculum and day-to-day life of the school. For example, PSHE/RSHE is specifically covered in the units ‘in science such as ‘Animals Including Humans’ and ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ also covering the statutory requirements; other elements are also covered in the Religious Education curriculum.

Children are taught by familiar adults who they have a good rapport with, in order to facilitate constructive and supportive discussions around sensitive topics in a safe and secure environment. Staff have received in-house and online CPD (via Ten:Ten) to support them in responding to the needs of the individual child and support children with any questions or concerns they may have. If staff feel uncomfortable or unsure when delivering the PSHE/RSHE curriculum or dealing with individual pupil needs, they know where to seek advice and support. The PSHE/RSHE curriculum has been mapped out clearly to ensure coverage of all of the statutory elements by the end of the primary phase; these are delivered at the appropriate stage for our children and is supported specifically by a very thorough, spiral programme of learning from Ten:Ten - Life to the Full Plus. Life to the Full Plus covers all of the statutory elements of RSHE and more.

Our high expectations of behaviour, interpersonal relationships, respect and tolerance of others reflect the British Values upheld in both our community and the wider world. Through our rigorous and progressive curriculum, children develop key skills and are prepared for the wider world beyond primary school, a world in which they can keep themselves safe and healthy and thrive with the support of the positive relationships they forge with those around them.

PSHE and RSHE is taught in three modules across the primary school, from EYFS to UKS2:

Module 1: Created and Loved by God

Module 2: Created to Love Others

Module 3: Created to Live in Community


The impact of our curriculum will be that the standards of attainment across the school will meet or exceed those which are expected of our children nationally. We continuously assess the implementation and impact of our PSHE and RSHE curriculum in order to achieve the highest outcomes possible across all year groups and ensure we provide the support that is necessary for all children to have a good understanding of the complexities of relationships and how they grow and change and a secure knowledge and skills base to navigate their way through these, now and in the future. Through our PSHE/RSHE curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them to become confident individuals who have positive body awareness, in-depth knowledge of how to keep themselves safe and healthy and who will, through respect, tolerance and understanding, forge and maintain positive relationships with a diverse range of family and friendship groups.


Parent Portal Ten:Ten

 As a school, we believe that the partnership between home, school and church is crucial in delivering a meaningful and enriching RSE curriculum. Ten:Ten Life to the Full provides a programme that aligns with the statutory Relationship and Health Education guidance which is rooted in a Christian understanding of the human person.  

To support and enrich this partnership further, Ten:Ten Life to the full has provided an online parent platform so that you, as parent and carers, can engage with the teaching of RSE and deepen the experience for your child. To access the online parent platform please visit:

The username and password has been sent to you through Parentmail.