“Jesus is the model for living an ethical life, and the moral teachings of the Church enable us to follow Him who is ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
The RSE Curriculum, within a Catholic Primary School, is rooted in the person of Jesus Christ. It aims to help children and young people realise that each person has an inherent dignity, is made in God’s image and likeness, is precious in God’s eyes and loved.
The Catholic School, therefore, should,
- seek to communicate in policy and practice the Christian vision of human life and human relationships
- recognise its role as subsidiary to that of the parents
- in formulation of its policy, reflect Catholic moral teaching on sexual matters
- respect the dignity, privacy and modesty of each individual child
The resources below will enable schools in communicating this understanding and in their formulation of their policy and choice of materials and organisations to support the delivery of RSE.
RSE Guidance Booklet for Primary Schools in the North of Ireland
The Catholic Schools’ Trustee Service (CSTS) published a document for primary schools in the North of Ireland in 2021 outlining the Rationale for teaching RSE in a Catholic School and guidance on developing a school RSE Policy.
The Catechetical Centre has created a presentation based on the RSE Guidance Document published by CSTS. Schools may find this helpful as they review and develop their RSE Policy as a whole school enterprise and choose resources to deliver RSE within a Catholic context.
Link to The Flourish RSE Programme for Schools in the Republic of Ireland
Link to the Flourish Programme for School in the North of Ireland https://www.catholiceducation-ni.org/about-us/rse-resources/