Relationships & Sexuality Education Policy
Scoil Eoin, Innishannon
1. The school will seek to communicate the Christian vision of human life and human relationships.
2. The school recognises that, in the area of R.S.E. its role is subsidiary to that of parents.
3. It will reflect the school’s spirit of respect and tolerance of all families and children in an inclusive and Christian manner.
4. The dignity, privacy and modesty of each individual child and family will always be respected.
R.S.E. is part of Social, Personal and Health Education. It provides a cross-curricular structured programme, which addresses the needs of the whole child. It provides children with structured opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes, values, beliefs and practical skills needed to establish and sustain healthy personal relationships as children and, subsequently as adults. It specifically addresses growth, development, relationships with others, development of self-esteem, the meaning of human sexuality, relevant personal and social skills.
Aims of R.S.E. Programme.
The R.S.E. programme will be facilitated in three ways within the school:
A wide variety of teaching strategies will be used:
Stories and poems Role-play
Classroom discussion Educational drama
Group work. D.V.D.s
Games. Quiet time.
Art activities. Visitors to the classroom
How the school will provide RSE:
(a) The R.S.E. Programme will be drawn from the following sources:
(b) By integration, on a cross curricular basis.
ie. English, maths, environmental study, music, drama, art.
(c) By the creation of a positive school climate and atmosphere.
The organisation and management of RSE in this school
How the RSE policy was drafted:
This policy was drawn up by the RSE Policy Committee (Two members of the Board of management, two parents and two teachers).
The policy has been sanctioned by the Board of Management.
- Different needs of children
- Linkage and integration – RSE as part of SPHE will be integrated into other curricular subjects.
- Time allocation – Half hour per week (as part of SPHE).
- Invitation of guest speakers.
The RSE programme acknowledges parents/guardians as the primary educators of their children. Parents/guardians will have access to resource materials. Opportunities will be afforded to parents/guardians to engage with their children on the content at various stages throughout the programme. Each theme will have worksheet activities, home school links etc. that invites the participation of parents.
The section on sex education, changes from boy to man / girl to woman and puberty will be covered by a trained facilitator, during fifth and sixth class. This will be facilitated through the Busy Bodies Programme (HSE) during school hours. Parents will be notified and will receive the Busy Bodies Booklet and DVD in advance.
Parents of children enrolling in the school are given the opportunity to decide whether or not they are prepared to accept their children’s participation in the RSE Programme at school.
This RSE policy includes provision for the rights of those who wish to withdraw their children from certain parts of the RSE programme.