3. First Educators

One of the most distinctive features of a Catholic Relationships Education programme should be emphasising the vital role that parents have in nurturing their children on these matters.

In the document, ‘Who is responsible for teaching RSHE?’, the Catholic Education Service says:

Sex education, which is a basic right and duty of parents, must always be carried out under their attentive guidance, whether a home or in educational centres chosen and controlled by them. In this regard, the Church reaffirms the law of subsidiarity, which the school is bound to observe when it cooperates in sex education, by entering into the same spirit that animates the parents.

We have created some resources specifically designed to fit in with and support existing parent-school partnerships, which we will share with you in this Unit.

A Note on Consultation

Schools are required to consult with parents about the Relationships, Health and Sex Education programme that they are using and provide access to the resources. This will reassure parents and lead to a shared vision and purpose in teaching Relationships, Health and Sex Education.

This course is one of the ways that the school is opening up consultation with you.

The Online Parent Portal is a unique and powerful resource for families of young people who are taking part in the ‘Life to the Full’ programme.

This online portal allows you to view what your child will be studying at different stages of the programme, enabling you as first educators to become fully integrated into your child’s teaching and learning.


The portal includes:

  • An overview of every lesson your child will undertake
  • Video content related to the lesson
  • Links to books, websites and articles we think are relevant to the particular session or topic

And, finally, there are questions for discussion that you might like to facilitate with your child, and suggestions for home learning activities. These are different from homework and not intended to put any pressure on you or your child! They are intended to:

  • embed learning
  • open up a conversation about what they have learned at school so that you can support them better
  • extend their learning through your unique position as their parent
  • help build your relationship with your child

Sometimes they might be practical tasks, other times a conversation starter.

The school can provide information about what is being taught when. However, we encourage you to have a look around the Online Parent Portal now.  This is the best way for you to understand the depth and breadth of the programme, “Life to the Full”. 

Click here to enter the Online Parent Portal.

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