Education and Personal Relationships
( including Sex Education)
St Edward’s are very proud of their own EPR scheme “ In the Beginning” which is used widely across the UK by over 500 Roman Catholic and Church of England schools.
It recognises E.P.R. as a partnership task (home and school working together to educate the child) and it promotes aspects of personal development regarded as fundamental to behaviour :
~ how we treat each other, how we speak to each other, how we care for and share with each other,
~ how we see ourselves, how we value ourselves, how we promote ourselves,
~ how we relate to family and friends, how we relate to adults and peers, how we relate to members of the wider community,
~ the centrality of God to each of the above, the personal relationship we have with Him, the example given to us by Jesus Christ.
Here at St. Edward’s we aim to develop in all children :
~self-respect and self-esteem (the ‘feel-good’ factor about one’s self),
~ a loving pride in one’s own family, and an active association with one’s parish community,
~ an understanding of true friendship,
~ healthy friendships within school, tolerance with peers, and (with older children) a pastoral attitude
towards younger members of the school community as recognition that we all belong to the ‘family’ of
~ high codes of discipline arising out of respect for one another, respect for adults and respect for their school environment,
~ citizenship and stewardship in a world created by God,
~ a Christian love for all members of the wider family of God (an understanding of “Love thy neighbour”),.
~ recognition that human love takes many forms,
~ an understanding of how human relationships grow and deepen through friendship, love and affection,
~ appreciation of the importance of the family unit (regardless of structure / composition),
~ to recognise the value of parental partnership (sharing the role of bringing up a family) ,
~ to appreciate the demanding responsibilities of parenthood and the sacrifices which parents have to make for the sake of the new-born child,
~ to value every form of life and to value themselves within this framework.
Specifically on Sex Education we want our children ....
~ to celebrate life as a God-given gift,
~ to understand life cycles and life processes,
~ to appreciate the notion that God intended new life to be the result of a union,
~ (in humans) to associate love as a special feature of this union,
~ to celebrate their own uniqueness,
~ to know by name the various parts of the human body,
~ (with Year 6 pupils) to recognise, understand and prepare for the body changes that they (and their friends) will undergo in the years ahead (puberty).
How will we achieve our aims?
As an aid to educating the child in the ways of personal development and personal relationships the school has devised its own resource materials.
“In The Beginning” is a wholly Catholic life education programme covering Years 1 to 6 and includes sex education as a key element of the programme. The scheme consists of a carefully structured series of pupil workbooks designed to be completed by the child, partly in school under the guidance of the class teacher, and partly at home alongside parents / guardians who are encouraged to involve themselves in the child’s work through open discussion and assisting in the completion of each set task. It provides both teacher and parent with appropriate ‘starting points’ on which to build a greater understanding of God, life and life processes, the sanctity of life, personal development, and the values underpinning socially acceptable behaviour.
Supported throughout by the school’s Religious Education programme and PHSE lessons- the children will grow to recognise love (in its many forms) as central to Christian philosophy, and as the basis of all meaningful human relationships.
But these schemes in isolation are not sufficient. Children will also learn on a day-to-day basis from the Christian example set by adults.
In School :
~ the friendly school environment created by staff who work in the building
~ the care we have and the patience we show towards children when dealing with accidents, incidents, disputes etc.
~ the messages we give out through religious celebrations, assemblies,
discussions, displays etc. which bring home to children the importance of
* the family unit, the protective love and care given by parents and guardians, and the ways children should respond to this love
~ the way they should treat and relate to each other
~ the hardship endured by developing countries and means by which we can help
~ tolerance, understanding and forgiveness in both work and play situations
~ the friendly interaction we promote with other schools (sporting competitions, musical and choral performances etc.) and the willingness to share (and enjoy) the company of others on these occasions
~ the encouragement we give and the standards we uphold in terms of sportsman-ship ....... fair-play, accepting decisions and taking both winning and losing in the same spirit
~ our desire to respond to the needs of others (Caritias, St. Joseph’s Penny, CAFOD and other appeals)
~ the respect we have for and show to all members of our community
~ our acceptance of (and inviting children to take up) the stewardship of a world created by God.
At Home :
~ as first educators parents are expected to lay the foundations for all acceptable patterns of behaviour, leading by example, and sharing with school the joint task of bringing the child through to the age of eleven with a balanced understanding of life and a healthy appreciation of the human relationships they may form in years to come.
If you would like any more information about the In the Beginning scheme or to request a copy please contact the school office on 0161 624 1377.
"In The Beginning" SRE/EPR scheme