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Helping schools deliver relationships and sex education

From September 2019 relationships and sex education (RSE) will be mandatory in secondary schools and relationships education will be compulsory in primary schools in England.

As part of the updated Keeping children safe in education statutory guidance, the Department for Education has included a chapter on tackling sexual violence and harassment in schools. This requires schools to foster healthy and respectful relationships between boys and girls - including through RSE and Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE).

NSPCC worked with the PSHE Association to create lesson plans for children aged 10-16 (key stages 2-4) on personal safety and healthy relationships.

The age-appropriate lessons cover subjects such as:

  • transition to secondary school
  • online safety and online friendships
  • consent
  • sexualised behaviour
  • unhealthy relationships
  • sharing sexual images.

There is a guide for teachers on creating a safe learning environment for the lessons, what to do if they receive a disclosure and where to signpost young people for help. The guide also includes a template letter to parents to inform them about the content and purpose of the lessons.

The lessons have been quality assured by the PSHE Association and they link with the PSHE Association Programme of Study. Although they refer to statutory and non-statutory guidance for schools in England, the contents are equally relevant and suitable for use in all parts of the UK.