2. Overview

In this Unit we will look at the structure and broad content of the programme from Year 7 to Year 11. 

‘Life to the Full’ isn’t just a series of lesson plans for teachers to follow: we have created an entire platform of creative resources which we hope will engage, inform and inspire you, your child, their peers and teachers. This includes:

  • Award-winning drama-based films
  • Presenter-led teaching on video
  • Lesson plans for every year
  • Teacher Training materials and support
  • A ‘Parent Portal’ for parents to engage with the teaching and deepen the experience for their children

The CES Model Catholic RSE Curriculum

Our programme is based on the ‘Model Catholic RSE Curriculum’ provided by the Catholic Education Service. This is broken down into three modules and sub-themes:

1) Created and Loved by God covers ‘Me, My Body, My Health’, ‘Emotional well-being’ and ‘Life cycles’

2) Created to Love Others covers ‘Personal Relationships’ and ‘Keeping Safe’

3) Created to Live in Community covers ‘Living in the Wider World’

Each main theme is underpinned with teaching that provides a Religious Understanding.


Having cross-referenced the CES ‘Model Curriculum’ with the DFE Statutory Guidance for RSHE, we have produced a scheme of work in Relationship, Sex and Health Education for Catholic secondary schools which includes:

1) Life to the Full programme of study

2) Cinema-in-Education sessions

Let’s explore these two parts in more detail.

Life to the Full Programme of Study

The Life to the Full Programme of Study contains 35 sessions for Years 7 to 11.

Each session has film content built into the structure of the lesson, fronted by the same two presenters – Nathan and Mairi, who take pupils on a journey exploring topics such as puberty, sex, body image, identity, relationships with family and friends, our online lives and how we find our place in the wider world.

The videos incorporate humour, interviews with experts, testimonies, fly on the wall style documentary discussions and voxpops from school-aged children around the country answering the same questions that the lessons pose.

Teachers will then facilitate healthy and tolerant discussion and debate, whilst supporting the films in upholding the Catholic viewpoint presented in the course content.

The programme provides a Christian-faith perspective on these matters whilst at the same time providing a balanced view and room for open discussion.


The other strand of the ‘Life to the Full’ scheme of work is our Cinema-in-Education sessions. 

These are not delivered within a classroom environment but to whole year groups or half-year groups. There is one Cinema-in-Education film for each year group (including Year 12 and 13), with two follow-up lessons which enable students to explore the issues presented within the drama. 

In all of our film work, we try to present resources of the highest quality. In fact, one of our films, “Babies”, won Second Prize in the Best Film category at the 32nd International Catholic Film Festival in Warsaw.

The Cinema-in-Education films and follow-up lessons offer a different, more reflective type of learning experience helping young people to grapple with these big issues for themselves.


Next, we will explore what it means for parents to be their child’s ‘first educators’.

To proceed to Unit 3: First Educators, click below.

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