Blessed William Howard

The Painsley Catholic Academy was established in 2012. We are the largest Catholic multi-academy company in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

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Relationship and Sex education

In scripture Jesus says “I have come that you may have life, life to the full”. One of the core beliefs that the Catholic Church promote is that we are all born in God’s image, ensuring that we as humans have a God given dignity that should be protected throughout life. Faith in Jesus allows us to respect that dignity and to embrace a full life in communion.

The CES Model Curriculum states that “any teaching about love and sexual relationships in a Catholic school must be rooted in the Catholic Church’s teaching about what it is to be truly human in Christ, what it means to live well in relationship with others and be presented within a positive framework”.

At BWH we firmly believe that it is our duty to holistically educate all students. If we do not, we leave students vulnerable to learning about health and relationships from second hand sources which may damage their capacity to love.

Our RSE curriculum meets the requirements of both the Catholic Education Service and the Department for Education and aims to nurture our students, ultimately encouraging them to respect both themselves and others.

The TenTen programme which BWH use as one vehicle for the delivery of Relationship and Sex Education is deeply rooted in, and faithful to, the Catholic Church’s vision of the human person as created in the image and likeness of God and the truth and meaning of human sexuality. The content of the curriculum is based upon the God-given dignity of each and every pupil and through an understanding of the Virtues teaches our children and young people to make healthy choices that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

Please see the overview for each Year Group and its content here: /docs/LTTF-S_SCHEMEOFWORK__1_.pdf

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Health Education 

The Health Education curriculum covers physical and mental health topics. We use a wide range of specialist external organisations to deliver in-depth topics, such as bereavement, T3 stars (alcohol and substance recovery), Samaritans and Staffordshire Young Carers. Students consider what healthy lifestyles are, how to manage good mental health and the interrelationship between the two on how having good physical health impacts on positive mental health. Information covers:

  • drugs and alcohol
  • physical lifestyles: sunbeds, tattoos, piercings, vaccinations
  • how to safely manage the physical and hormonal changes of puberty
  • cancer screenings and checks
  • anti-bullying 
  • mental health conditions and illnesses
  • exam stress
  • positive self-talk