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St Benedict's Catholic School

St Benedict's
Catholic School


We are aware that Relationships, Health, and Sex Education covers many sensitive issues and so ensure its careful delivery across the school, in collaboration with parents.

It is reflected in different parts of the curriculum, depending on its nature and relevance, with the majority being in Religious Education (RE) and Personal, Social, Health, and Economic Education (PSHE) lessons.  Science assists, for example, in that the biological aspects of puberty and human reproduction are in the National Curriculum.  Key themes are also found in other subjects such as in Physical Education (PE) teachers promote respect for the human body and in English and Drama students study the relationships between characters in texts, poems and plays.

Within RE lessons, students complete a series of lessons which have been devised by Ten:Ten, an online educational platform in partnership with the Catholic Education Service.   Before these lessons are run, a letter is sent home informing parents and guardians about what will be covered and providing a link where short summary videos of the content can be accessed along with a set of questions for further discussion at home.


Main themes


Created and loved by God

Created to love others

Created to live in community

Sub themes

Religious Understanding

Me, My body, My health

Emotional well-being

Life cycles

Personal relationships

Keeping safe

Living in the wider world

Year 7

Who am I?

Changing bodies

Healthy inside and out

Where we come from

Family and friends

My life on screen

Living responsibly

Year 8

Created and chosen

Appreciating differences


Before I was born

Tough relationships

Think before you share

Wider world

Year 9

The search for love

Love people, use things

In control of my choices

Fertility and contraception


One hundred percent

Knowing my rights and responsibilities

Year 10

Authentic freedom


Beliefs, values, attitudes


Pregnancy and abortion



Year 11



Eating disorders

Birth control



Coercive control

In Years 7,8 and 9, this series of lessons is run in the second half of the Summer Term.  Years 10 and 11 complete it in the first half of the Spring Term.

If you have any queries or require any more information then contact the school’s PSHE and Citizenship co-ordinator