PSHE is an integral part of the school’s curriculum, as relationships are built when individuals feel valued and respected. The aims of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education in our school are to provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community.
Children at Blue School are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
They learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is a key part of the PSHE curriculum and this policy seeks to outline the key elements of Relationships and Sex Education provision at St Columb Minor Academy as a bespoke part of our Personal, Social, Health and Economic curriculum for our pupils (See PSHE Policy and curriculum overview)

RSE is about the emotional, social and cultural development of pupils, and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity. RSE involves a combination of sharing information, and exploring issues and values. RSE is not about the promotion of sexual activity.

The aims of relationships and sex education (RSE) at our school are to:
Complement the learning that takes place within the PSHE, Science and religious education curriculums
Enable children to form a broad spectrum of healthy and positive relationships
Provide a whole school approach and framework in which sensitive discussions around relationships and sex education can take place
Help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
Please see our RSE policy and the curriculum overviews below.