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Nightingale Academy

Learning with truth and love

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Learning with truth and love

Church of England RSE

Our RSHE teaching is founded upon Christian Values and the teaching of the Church of England. The inclusion of positive, person-centred education is at the heart of Christian education and this education is basically about the development, growth and journey of the whole person towards becoming “fully human, fully aliveā€Ÿ as a unique creation made in God’s image. Education must take full count of the integrity of the whole human person: one body, one soul. Thus, the gift of sexuality must be seen as intimately bound to human relationships, especially that of marriage.


Education in sexuality is of paramount importance in a Church of England Academy. More than ever young people in our care need help and guidance in their struggle to live out their lives as members of the Christian family. We are involved in relationships and sex education precisely because of our Christian beliefs about God and about the human person. The belief in the unique dignity of the human person made in the image and likeness of God underpins the approach to all education in a Church of England Academy.


Our approach to RSHE therefore is rooted in the Church’s teaching of the human person and presented in a positive framework of Christian ideals. At the heart of the Christian life is the Trinity: Father, Son and Spirit in communion, united in a loving relationship and embracing all people and all creation. As a consequence of the Christian belief that we are made in the image and likeness of God, gender and sexuality are seen as God’s gift, reflect God’s beauty, and share in the divine creativity. RSHE, therefore, will be placed firmly within the context of a relationship as it is there that sexuality grows and develops. All RSHE will be in accordance with the Church’s moral teaching.


Our RSHE curriculum should ensure that children are able to cherish themselves and others as unique and wonderfully made, keep themselves safe and able to form healthy relationships where they respect and afford dignity to others. It will provide pupils with the knowledge that will enable them to navigate and contextualise a world in which many will try to tell them how to behave, what to do and what to think. It will help them to develop the skills to express their own views and make their own informed decisions. This is a responsibility that should normally be shared between parents and the Academy.