Relationships and sex education (RSE) resources for schools

Topics: Schools

Prepare for the new health, relationships, and sex education curriculum with our RSE resources

From September 2020, changes to the curriculum in England will see relationships education made compulsory in all primary schools, and relationships and sex education (RSE) made compulsory in all secondary schools. Schools will also be required to teach health education1.

We've put together a list of teaching resources to support you prepare your school for this change in curriculum.


Teaching different age groups about healthy relationships

Read our free information to help you promote healthy relationships to children of different ages. Includes specific curriculum guidance.

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Making sense of relationships (KS2-4)

PSHE lesson plans for children aged 10-16 (key stages 2-4) on healthy relationships, covering subjects such as transition to secondary school, online friendships, and consent.

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It's Not OK: positive relationships teaching resources

Reinforce the importance of building and maintaining positive relationships with the It's Not OK films and accompanying lesson plans. For children aged 11+.

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Harmful sexual behaviour in schools training

Take our 4-hour interactive training to gain the skills you need to feel confident recognising and responding to incidents of harmful sexual behaviour in your primary or secondary school. Cost: £35

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How to have difficult conversations with children

Boost your confidence in raising and addressing challenging topics with our advice on discussing difficult topics with children.

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Love Life: resources for young people with learning disabilities

Use these films and supporting resources to explore topics such as emotions, relationships and identity with young people with SEND aged 11-25.

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AGENDA toolkits and resources

Use these free online toolkits to explore ideas around equality and diversity with both primary and secondary students, empowering them to engage with issues they care about.

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PANTS resources for schools and teachers

Download our free resources for PANTS (the Underwear Rule) - a simple way to talk to primary school children about staying safe from sexual abuse.

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Share Aware resources for schools and teachers

Download our free Share Aware lesson plans and classroom guidance to help teach your class to stay safe online.

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Further reading

Refresh and expand your own knowledge on the topics of relationships, health and sex education with our additional reading.

Relationships, health and sex education statutory guidance: CASPAR briefing

Read our briefing on the Department for Education's statutory guidance about how Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education should be implemented in all schools across England by 2020.

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Healthy and unhealthy relationships

Learn more about how unhealthy relationships negatively affect a young person, and how to recognise and respond to the signs of unhealthy relationships.

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NSPCC helplines report: peer sexual abuse

"Is this sexual abuse?" is a report into the concerns being raised to the NSPCC helpline and Childline about peer sexual abuse; how it takes place, the impact it has, and how to best provide support.

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NSPCC Library reading list

Learn more about relationships, health, and sex education with our selection of publications; includes background legislation, guidance, and detailed reports.

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