We begin our RSE education very early on in school, firstly by developing relationships with staff right from primary school where sessions are delivered to Year 5 and 6 students. Induction days are then an opportunity for future students to get to know staff and meet their Form Tutors.
Form Tutors see students twice a day and maintain positive relationships with students. They also deliver a Personal Development Bitesize Session as part of extended AM Form once a week, which mainly involves learning a range of PSHE and Citizenship topics, developing their strength of character and preparing for life and their future. This is in addition to the 1 hour Personal Development lessons our students have once a fortnight.
Relationships between students and staff are paramount to life here at St Cuthbert’s and we pride ourselves on developing these with our students so that we maintain our ethos of becoming one big family. We also want students to understand that relationships are important prior to any intimacy, which may occur later on in life.
We are extremely privileged to have access to a range of good quality providers who we use on a regular basis. These include TAZ (Teen Advice Zone) and Catch-22. These are both specific to RSE. All providers have a member of staff with them on delivery who threads the Catholic teaching through any delivery to make students aware of what stance our faith has on these topics.
There are other subjects, which link into the RSE topics and staff are trained to enable them to feel confident in delivering the Catholic message as well as developing students’ life skills. Subjects currently delivering these aspects are Science, Drama, English and Religious Education.