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Relationship and Health Education


Relationship and Health Education (RHE) is an important part of PSHE education. Relationships education is compulsory for all primary school pupils and is taught in every class using Life to the Full. This programme is based on the Department of Education guidance which became statutory during the academic year 2020/21.  This programme is rooted in a Christian understanding of the human person, based on “A Model Catholic RSE Curriculum” provided by the Catholic Education Service. RSE is the overarching term for Relationship and Health Education in Primary, and Relationship and Sex Education in Secondary.   




Life to the Full is a Scheme of Work in Relationships and Health Education (RHE) for Catholic primary schools which embraces and fulfils the new statutory curriculum. 


It is taught with a spiral approach to learning in which pupils will revisit the same topics at an age-appropriate stage through their school life, the programme includes teaching about personal health, physical and emotional well-being, strong emotions, private parts of the body, personal relationships, family structures, trusted adults, growing bodies, puberty, periods, life cycles, the dangers of social media, where babies come from, an understanding of the Common Good and living in the wider world.


The entire teaching is underpinned with a Christian faith understanding that our deepest identity is as a child of God – created, chosen and loved by God. The programme is fully inclusive of all pupils and their families.



Each Key Stage follows a structured programme 'Life to the full', which has been designed for Catholic primary schools, and meets the Statutory guidance on Relationships education (primary).


There are three modules in each Key Stage:


Module 1: Created and Loved by God

Module 2: Created to Love Others

Module 3: Created to Live in Community

Parent Information: Life to the Full

Please find below a link to the Statutory guidance on Relationships Education in primary schools: