St John Plessington Catholic College

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

As you may be aware, starting from this academic year 2020/21, Relationships, Sex and Health Education is now a statutory requirement in all secondary schools in England.  This new subject will build on the non-statutory lessons we have previously taught in RSE.

As a Catholic school, our mission is to support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all of our pupils, rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Church. The education of children in human sexuality is an important, precious and privileged responsibility.  The Church teaches us that this is very much a partnership with parents, in which parents are the ‘first educators’ of their children on these matters; ultimately, you confer on us the right to co-educate your children with you.

We have been researching various programmes that are available and have decided to adopt Life to the Full by Ten Ten Resources. Ten Ten is an award-winning Catholic educational organisation that is well-respected and very experienced in this field of work.

Life to the Full has been approved by our Diocese.  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. Therefore, we are confident that this programme is a very good fit for our school.

Through their programme, Ten Ten understand the foundational role that parents have in educating and nurturing their children on these matters. Within the programme, they have built in resources which will not only keep you informed about what is being taught in school, but will also give you the opportunity to engage your children in discussion, activity and prayer. 

We would like to have your feedback on our approach and have opened a consultation period during which we welcome your feedback.  

What to do next

  1.  Access the Parent Consultation Tool here and complete:

Ten Ten have provided the online Parent Consultation Tool. It is a simple-to-follow, short online course which:

·       Outlines the statutory changes that will take place.

·       Articulates a vision for Catholic Relationships and Health Education.

·       Explains how Life to the Full aims to help us fulfil the statutory curriculum with a Catholic ethos.

·       Provides some information about key decisions we need to make, in consultation with parents.

·       Answers some Frequently Asked Questions.

  1. Access the parent portal here and read through the programme for each year group in more detail:

Username: john-plessington-ch63

Password: november-feast

Ten Ten has provided the Online Parent Portal as a tool we can use throughout the year to keep you informed and updated about the work we are doing in school with each year group. This will also allow you continued access and will assist you with any discussions about content you may wish to have with your child at home.

  1.  Complete the following questionnaire with your feedback via the Google Form 

The parent consultation will remain open until Friday 11th December 2020. We would be grateful if you could complete the 3 steps within this consultation period.

This is an important and exciting opportunity for our entire school community and we hope that our approach assures you about the new programme for delivering RSHE at SJP. The Relationships, Sex and Health Education Programme, will be delivered along with Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) within Acadmic Review.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch via should you have any concerns or questions.