PSHE & RSE
At St. Bernadette’s, we are committed to the education of the whole child and we believe that PSHE and RSE is an integral part of this education. We believe that this education enables children to become healthier, more independent and more responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In doing so, we help to develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We teach children about their rights and about their responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multicultural society. Indeed, the teaching of PSHE helps in many ways to meet the objectives set out in the Children’s Act 2004 (Every Child Matters) – “to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution, and achieve economic well–being”.
Our approach to RSE is rooted in the Catholic Church’s teaching of the human person and presented in a positive framework of Christian ideals. Following the guidance, set out by the Bishops of England and Wales and the DfE, we are ensuring that in St Bernadette’s, RSE is firmly embedded in the PSHE framework as it is concerned with nurturing human wholeness and integral to the physical, spiritual, emotional, moral, social and intellectual development of pupils. RSE is about understanding the importance of marriage, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. In our school, pupils will be taught that it is a fundamental right to have their life respected whatever household they come from. It will also prepare our pupils for life in modern Britain.