What is RSE?

RSE is part of Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE). RSE provides children with structured opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes, values, beliefs and practical skills necessary to establish and sustain healthy personal relationships as children and, subsequently, as adults.

Why teach RSE in school?

The general aim of education is to contribute towards the development of all aspects of the individual, including the aesthetic,creative, critical, cultural, emotional, intellectual, moral, physical, political, social and spiritual development for personal and family life, for working life, for living in the community and for leisure. Relationships and Sexuality Education is clearly a part of this.

Resource Materials: Please click on each to view the teacher manuals showing the content for each class. Materials are age appropriate.

Junior & Senior Infants
1st and 2nd Class
3rd and 4th Class

5th and 6th Class

Sensitive areas:  Included in the manuals for each class are areas where language is described as sensitive. This includes names for parts of the male and female body and language associated with reproduction. A list of the language associated with each class is available to view below. Staff training was run by the Professional Develpment Service for Teachers (PDST). PDST is funded by the Department of Education.

Click on the link below to view the sensitive language.
Sensitive language in RSE and the classes in which it is taught.
See RSE Policy