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Relationships & Sex Education

PSHE Education

Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)




New and Noteworthy...


betty for schools reaches half a million pupils in first year of period education
Over the last year the free PSHE accredited period education resource hub from betty has been helping girls and boys learn about periods in an open and engaging way.

And now betty for schools, the period education programme, is celebrating its first birthday and a wave of success across schools in the UK which saw them visit a total of 210 schools, reaching approximately 17,000 pupils, along with their teaching resources being downloaded over 60,000 times which means the combined efforts of the programmes workshops and resources saw them reach over half a million pupils and 3,700 schools in the UK. Well done betty for schools!

The programme plans to build on the year’s successes and look to 2018 as a year for change, with a focus on elevating period education to the forefront of PSHE education and the curriculum, with the aim of reaching every boy and girl aged 8-12 in the UK.

To order your free sample pack or to download the betty for schools PSHE accredited free teaching resources, go to: www.bettyforschools.co.uk


Sex Education Fourum 12 Principles of RSE

For those of you who are preparing for RSE becoming a statutory subject in 2019 – a good starting point might be to download The Sex Education Forum’s ‘ Statement of Commitment’ ? The Statement offers the 12 Principles of high quality RSE.

These 12 points explain what is needed for good quality RSE. They are based on research evidence and are supported by a wide range of organisations. The purpose of RSE is to help children and young people to be safe, healthy and happy as they grow up and in their future lives. RSE must always be appropriate to pupils’ age and stage of development and is an essential part of safeguarding. The law requires that, from September 2019, relationships and sex education (RSE) is taught in all secondary schools in England, and that relationships education is taught in all primary schools in England. In addition, National Curriculum Science* (*which is taught in maintained schools) includes some elements of sex education.

See the poster here.


The journey towards statutory RSE begins!

On Monday 6th November 2017, Education Secretary Justine Greening announced that Ian Bauckham CBE will provide the Department for Education with advice on how relationships education in primary schools and relationships and sex education in secondary schools should be taught.

Ian has 32 years’ experience as a teacher, and 13 years as a head teacher, and has worked in a variety of roles, including heading up the Association of Schools and College Leaders in 2013 and 2014.

As part of his new role, he will speak to parents, teachers, children and other interested groups about the topics that young people today need to understand to stay safe and happy, including age-appropriate content on mental wellbeing, keeping safe online and LGBT issues.

For more information click here.


Encouraging open and honest talk about periods

The betty bus is a FREE immersive session for 8-12 year olds at UK schools, encouraging open and honest conversations about periods.

Their trained facilitators help girls to explore how periods can affect them, and teach boys about what girls go through each month.

Schools can request a visit from the bus by joining the waiting list on the Betty for School website

Sexwise - Let's Talk About Sex

 FPA have developed a new website called Sexwise - Let's talk about sex.  They will give you honest advice about contraception, pregnancy, STIs and pleasure

Westminster University and the RSE Hub are holding an interesting symposium to explore how RSE can contribute towards healthy sexual development, with a focus on translating research into practice.  The symposium is in London on 30th June.  Please click on the flyer for more details and booking information

What does the General Election mean for Statutory RSE? Answers to this & all your questions on the new legislation

Plans to make RSE compulsory in schools are being drawn up by the government, this would include pornography, sexting, domestic violence and consent

NSPCC have launched their Speak out Stay Safe Programme so that a generation of children have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect

Bullying UK part of family lives - Advice for young people on sexting, consent, abusive relationships and healthy relationships

Consent for kids - great short video explaining consent to younger children

Updated Government Safeguarding Guidance & UN recommendations for mandatory SRE

NEW Domestic & Sexual Violence Training Programme for April 2016 – March 2017

Responding to and managing sexting incident:updated guidance for schools

‘Heads or Tails?; what young people tell us about SRE’ - Sex Ed forum report (Jan, 2016)

New Leicestershire Teenage Pregnancy Partnership Page (Jan,2016)

Responding To and Managing Sexting Incidents: Updated Advice for Schools (Jan, 2016)

CMO report recommends PSHE be made a “routine part of all children’s education” (Dec, 2015)

SRE resources- Special needs & Disability

Safeguarding through the curriculum - Lucy Emmerson (Sept, 2015)

Resources to address HBT bullying through SRE (2015)

Use of External visitors and SRE

Research evidence about SRE & sexual health

CSE - Problems & Solutions from perspectives of YP & professionals

Government - 'This is abuse' campaign updated guidance (March 2015)

Guidance on teaching about consent in PSHE education (KS3 & 4)

Useful resources and links to support your RSE/SRE work

Sex Ed Forum - 'It's my right' campaign calling for SRE as part of PSHE 

Values & Principles that underpin good quality RSE


Archived news can be found in the 'Useful Information and News Arrchive' link above


The Relationships and Sex Education Hub website draws together a range of key documents and other resources for both parents and people involved in the delivery of RSE and has up to date relevant information applicable to the national context.  Find them here.

Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) aims to inform children and young people about relationships, emotions, sex &sexuality and sexual health. It enables them to develop personal and social skills and a positive attitude to sexual health and well-being.

RSE starts at home and is received from friends, television, films, magazines and school. It doesn’t just happen when we’re young: all through our lives we continue to learn about sex and relationships. It isn’t just about sex, it’s about relationships, and how people deal with each other. RSE is also a crucial part of growing up- our approach to relationships, the choices we make and our ability to keep ourselves safe is what marks us out as independent, free thinking adults.

RSE in schools is best delivered within the broader framework of personal social health & (economic) education (PSHE Education)

RSE is also seen as an important way to support young people to avoid teenage pregnancy & Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).  It is recognised that parents must take the lead in instilling values in their children, but schools must help in equipping pupils with the information & the emotional & social skills to make safe and healthy choices.  

The Leicestershire Healthy Schools Programme has developed Relationships & Sex Education: A core curriculum for Leicestershire - a practical resource and good practice guide.

This resource recognises the pressures placed on schools and offers a comprehensive realistic RSE programme that will support schools to equip children and young people with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need.  The term Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) is used in Leicestershire rather than Sex & Relationships Education (SRE) or Sex Education.  This is to stress that our approach goes beyond biological information to also focus on clarifying attitudes and values and developing self esteem and the skills to manage relationships.  RSE should be delivered within a safe and supportive environment within the broad context of PSHE.

This guidance looks at the rationale of RSE, current legislation and guidance, good practice in the delivery of RSE. It also provides a curriculum overview, information, resources, support and examples of good practice; to download a copy click here 




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