RSE – Relationship and Sex Education




School Ethos; Catholic School with a Catholic Ethos.


Our School’s Philosophy

Moynalvey National School aims to promote the development of all aspects of each child’s intellectual, physical, cultural, social, moral and spiritual well being within a caring environment.  It is acknowledged  that parents are the primary educators and school supports their role.

Relationships and sexuality education (RSE) as a component of Social,

Personal and Heath Education (SPHE) furthers this philosophy.


Definition of Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE)

SPHE is a curriculum subject.  SPHE is the process which enables pupils to develop an understanding of themselves.  It  helps them to choose and follow a healthy lifestyle and enables them to play responsible roles as individuals and as members of society.  Within SPHE, RSE is a component  of this curriculum subject.



Co-Educational School.


Classes;           Multi Class Situation


Sexually sensitive issues;  Contents – see leaflet attached.


Context;          All of the sexually sensitive issues will be delivered within the context of S.P.H.E. which will be timetabled on our curriculum from Sept., 2005.  Sensitive issues will be covered within the strand units.  Taking care of my body, growing and changing and Safety and Protection.


Aims;               1.   to promote the personal development and well being of the child.

  1. to foster in the child a sense of care and respect for himself/herself and others and an appreciation of the dignity of every human being.
  2. to promote the health of the child and provide a foundation for healthy living in all aspects.
  3. To enable the child to make informed decisions and choices about the social, personal and health dimensions of life both now and in the future.
  4. to develop in the child a sense of social responsibility, a commitment to active and participative citizenship and an appreciation of the democratic way of life.
  5. to enable the child to respect human and cultural diversity and to appreciate and understand the interdependent nature of the world.



Management and Organisations.


  1. Parents are acknowledged as primary educators of their children and teachers work in a supportive role.
  2. All content objectives will be covered by the time the children leave 6th class.
  3. Teachers’ right to opt out from teaching the sensitive issues will be honoured.
  4. If no member of staff is available to teach the sensitive issues we leave it to the discretion of the principal and class teacher to arrange for the education to be made available. A suitable guest speaker may be invited in to deliver the contents of the programme.  All information delivered will be within the primary curriculum  laid down by NCCA., and the Catholic Ethos of the school.
  5. A parent’s right to withdraw a pupil from the process will be honoured on the understanding that the parent is taking full responsibility for this aspect of education themselves. It is the responsibility of the parent to inform the school of this decision in writing.
  6. In a co-educational school and at senior level 5th and 6th classes, boys and girls will be taught together as a group, but however in recognition of the sensitivities of this age group 5th and 6th the particular lesson relating to physical changes in boys and girls will be taught to boys and girls separately.
  7. Should a pupil require information that is not in line with the curriculum content, and considered not to be age appropriate for the general body of pupils the school will refer the pupil to the parent/guardian.
  8. An outline of the lessons will be available in the school.






  1. Policy and programme will be reviewed – year after inception and every 4 years thereafter. All partners will be informed of any amendments necessary after such a review.
  2. R.S.E., resources will be kept up to date. Relevant information will be provided for all members of the school community.


Policy Committee




Board of Management