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PSHE & RSE Resources - Key Stage 1&2

Please also see our dedicated RSE Page here


Resources, Guidance and Articles


New Student Induction - PSHE, Core Theme 2: Relationships (PowerPoint)

Great poster that shows the importance of teaching PSHE to young people click here

PSHE subject page on the Ofsted website: this page has links to some of the organisations in the PSHE strategic Partners Groups but not all and to some other organisations that are not part of the group but are relevant to PSHE issues in schools

JIGSAW - The mindful approach to PSHE

This project brings together all aspects of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (including RSE), emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a lesson-a-week programme for Foundation 1 and 2 to Year 6.



Governmental Education website: this gives information on the curriculum requirements

Gloucestershire Road Safety - lots of resources for teaching young people of all ages 


Understanding PSHE

'Understanding Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in Secondary Schools' is an essential guide to best practice in PSHE education at key stages 3 and 4. The book was co-authored by leading PSHE academic Jenny McWhirter, PSHE Association Senior Subject Specialist Jenny Barksfield, and our Subject Specialist Nick Boddington. It was written with trainee teachers and their mentors in mind but is equally valuable for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of PSHE education pedagogy and practice. This new book joins Understanding Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in Primary Schools, also available from SAGE Publications. Both books provide a thorough grounding in the theory underpinning PSHE education, practical approaches to teaching it and the evidence which supports these approaches. The publications are a definitive guide to best practice and include guidance on:


  • The importance and scope of PSHE education
  • The theory and research evidence for effective practice in schools
  • School structures which support effective teaching and learning in PSHE education
  • Planning schemes of work and effective, engaging lessons
  • Assessment for, and of, learning in PSHE education

Sex Education Forum

To support you in designing your RSE curriculum, this document helps you consider what to include in RSE and how to structure your programme. We have developed a set of questions to help parents, carers, schools and other educators understand what children and young people want to learn about in relation to growing up, relationships and sex from ages 3-19 organised by age.

Curriculum design toolkit

This is a FREE resource. This tool is very popular among PSHE leads and teachers when planning lessons on Relationships and Sex Education and can also be used to explain to parents and governors what is covered in RSE. 

Sex Education Forum: 5 ways to get ready for statutory RSE (09/08/2018)

With the draft RSE guidance out for consultation, and Government plans announced for a phased 2019-20 start date, there is lots to do for schools to get ready for statutory RSE.

Sex Education Forum is here to guide you and below is a list of things we recommend that you focus on this September. 

  1. Know your facts
  2. Discuss & display our principles poster
  3. Plan training now
  4. Join us for 'Countdown to statutory RSE'
  5. Sign up for our free 'Countdown' newsletter

For full details visit our website 

Roadmap to statutory RSE

Relationships and sex education will be required in all schools. September 2020 is proposed as the start date for mandatory provision. Do you know what the new legislation means for your school? 

To help school leaders prepare, the poster provides a 10 steps guide to provide high quality RSE as an identifiable part of PSHE education. These steps are based on established good practice and evidence.

Click on the link below to view a full size version of the poster.

/Roadmap to statutory RSE.pdf






Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)


GHLL Relationships and Sex Education - Teachers' Planning and Resources,

This resource has been designed to be embedded within a whole school PSHE curriculum and is a fantastic FREE resource for all infant and primary settings in Gloucestershire.  It consists of a series of FOUR lessons per year group (apart from Year 6 which has FIVE) and has clear learning objectives and suggested activities to achieve the objectives. To receive your FREE resource and to enquire about RSE training  please contact GHLL 


Sex Education Forum - Effective Learning Methods - Approaches to teaching about sex and relationships within PSHE and Citizenship (Factsheet)

Primary RSE Training Day with recommended book list.

A template letter to parents re the teaching of RSE in schools

Primary FPA Resources - click here

Stonewall - Resources for schools 'Different Families Same Love' - developed by Bath & North East Somerset Council, in consultation with the children from St Keyna Primary School. A number of card games based on pictures from the posters.

Different Families Same Love Cards A4

Different Families Same Love Cards A3

Different Families Same Love Card Game Instructions



BMJ Open - What do young people think about their school-based sex and relationship education? A qualitative synthesis of young people's views and experiences.



03/11/17 The Guardian - Emotional intelligence: why it matters and how to teach it Teaching young people skills such as active listening, self-awareness and empathy can equip them to succeed both academically and socially. Emotional intelligence can cover five main areas. It is of course, important for good communication and therefore a gateway to better learning, academic success, friendship and employment. These skills developed in the formative years in school can provide the foundation for the future habits later on in life:

  • Active Listening
  • A Vocabulary For Feelings
  • Developing Self-awareness
  • Showing empathy as being 'with' others
  • Managing emotions and self-regulation

To read these in more detail please click on the title above.

Coram Life Education   

Enable your students to understand the issues facing adopted children at school. Increase staff awareness of behavioural issues that can affect young people from the care system.

Enrich your school's values, helping children to empathise with others and respect diversity.

Enhance Personal, Social, Health and Economic education by focusing on the PSHE Association's programme of study: Relationships, Health and Wellbeing, and Living in the Wider World.

The Adoptables' Schools toolkit  The Adoptables' Toolkit tackles the issues adopted young people experience at school, and helps to raise awareness of these challenges amongst both students and staff members.This FREE Toolkit includes lesson plans, teachers' guidance, films and activities for KS2 and KS3, all clearly linked to learning opportunities included in the PSHE Association Programme of Study (the PSHE programme of study regularly signposted to by the DfE).



We know from talking to teachers at our sessions that many haven’t been aware of the government’s new draft guidance. These changes to relationships, sex and relationships education and health education will become compulsory in September 2020 and so we want to help teachers and schools get a head start.

The consultation document has a lot of information and so to help you save some time and get a handle on the main points we have pulled out 20 of the key points for you. Click here to view the 20 key points.

The full document can be accessed by clicking here.

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