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PSHE & RSE - Key Stage 5

This page contains links to PSHE, RSE and Healthy Relationships resources.

Guidance, Resources and articles

Sex and Relationship Education Guidance - Department for Education good practice

This guidance on sex and relationship education in schools replaces Circular 5/94.  It has been written to take account of the revised National Curriculum, published in September 1999, the need for guidance arising out of the new Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) framework and the Social Exclusion Unit report on teenage pregnancy.

Gender images

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

Effective learning methods - Approaches to teaching about sex and relationships within PSHE and Citizenship


These resources from the Family Planning Association are available for download but not for print. Many of them can be purchased from the FPA online shop.


Your Brain on Porn

Your brain on porn

This site is secular, although everyone's views are welcome. It is primarily science-based, and no one here is trying to ban porn. This is not a commercial site: we accept no ads, and the proceeds from the book go to a UK registered charity that promotes education and research on porn's effects. We created the site because we don’t like people suffering needlessly simply because they lack critical information for improving their circumstances themselves.



Rise Above - A great site for teens packed with games, advice, stories, and videos to prepare them for real life issues such as relationships, exams, body image and more. Click on the relevant links below for classroom resources.

Bullying and Cyberbullying


Lesson Plan

Teacher Support Sheet 

Classroom Tips and Preparation 



We know from talking to teachers at our sessions that many haven’t been aware of the government’s new draft guidance.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 full document can be accessed by clicking here.

 PSHE Association Programme of Study for PSHE Education (Key stages 1–5)

Please click image for link (31/01/2020)








What is sexual harassment?


If you're teaching PSHE to 14-16 year olds, we have a new series of films looking at sexual harassment in the workplace. They are a specifically written drama in three parts and tell the story of a professional relationship between a man and woman at work, involving an accusation of sexual harassment and an employment tribunal hearing.


Each film is accompanied by a separate discussion piece which is hosted by journalist and presenter Ben Zand. 20 young people examine how they understand the rules of behaviour in the workplace. Click here to visit the website


I'm just me

 “I’m just me... It's like coming up for air."

As Jaz and Charlie make a final attempt to keep their relationship alive, one of them comes out as non-binary (meaning they don’t identify as male or female), sparking a conversation that will change them both forever.

A film by Adam Tyler. (13/02/20)



You'll find everything you need on the link below. From lesson plans to video resources and everything in between, we hope you enjoy using it and find it a useful resource.

Download the School Pack

The above link will take you to the interactive version of our school pack. If you're having problems using it or aren't able to print what you need, head to our website where you'll find downloadable printouts and resources.

We also have our digital resources page where you can find things to do at home!


New 'Online Blackmail' resource from NCA-CEOP gains PHSE Association Quality Mark

We have granted our Quality Mark to ‘Online blackmail’ — a new resource pack from NCA-CEOP designed to support 15-18 year olds to identify and discuss online blackmail in a safe environment.

‘Online blackmail’ is free-to-access and aims to support young people to recognise key characteristics of how blackmail manifests online, including early signs of manipulative, pressurising and threatening behaviour. It also explores the potential impact of online blackmail and provides sources of further support for those who experience it.

The pack includes a lesson plan, worksheets and slides to support delivery. Note that ‘Online blackmail’ is not designed for home learning, but will support you when planning the RSE aspects of your PSHE education curriculum for September.

Download ‘Online blackmail’ from the Thinkuknow website


"We must listen to science, not stigma" Posted: 29th June 2017

Around 1 in 3 Brits would be 'uncomfortable' giving First Aid to someone with HIV on effective treatment, according to Terrence Higgins Trust survey, while nearly 40% would be 'uncomfortable' going on a date.

For information about Terrence Higgins Trust's Can't Pass it On campaign click here. Their campaign aims to help end stigma around HIV and end HIV transmissions altogether.


Want to know why young people are sexting? Try asking them

Jeremy Hunt, parents and teachers fail to understand how teenagers use technology to experiment sexually.  Proposing a sexting ban is just puritanical.

Click here to read the full article

Article by Iman Amrani at The Guardian


Sex education in a digital world


The Digital Economy Bill is being debated in Parliament this week.  The bill will introduce a requirement on commercial pornographic websites to have age verification methods in place to stop children under the age of 18 viewing pornography.  Click here to read the full article on The Children's Society posted: 10th October 2016 


15/06/16  - Pornography ‘desensitising young people’ Most children are exposed to online pornography by their early teenage years, study warns.  About 53% of 11-16 year olds have seen explicit material online, nearly all of whom (94%) had seen it by 14, the Middlesex University study says.  

07/06/16 BBC News -  Harassment: Girls 'wear shorts under school skirts' A "normalised culture of sexual harassment" in schools has meant that girls are having to change their behaviours, rather then boys being challenged. Girls feel unable to report harassment and pressure from boys.

05/10/17 BBC News - Girls go along with sex acts, says teacher Children are turning to pornography online to educate themselves about sex. One secondary school teacher tells how she was shocked by stories from teenage pupils. The language used by some boys is degrading and shows a lack of mutual respect. Equally, girls don't know how to respect their own bodies and cannot comprehend that they may be being used. A 14 year old girl confessed that when a boy told her that he loved her, he later convinced her to perform a sex act on him. She agreed to do it, and after she did it, he lost interest in her. The only thing she was worried about was whether he still loved her. "I agreed to do it then, but now I regret it".

The frank account in the article above prompted many readers to share their concerns. Click here to see these.







 Award-winning free resources for RE, PSHE and Citizenship.

Click here to view the latest Newsletter: which includes resources on various topics around diversity:  religion, ADHD, bipolar & females in sport.


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 






As a team, we have worked with the Gloucestershire Police Schools Unit in the past, producing many resources including 'Getting Court', 'Price of Parenting' and 'Toxic Tobacco Truths' in most recent years.

We have worked closely with them to deliver training in schools on Drugs Education, Bullying and more specifically Cyberbullying. The Police Schools Unit have been consulted in the production of the 'Alcohol: Who would risk it?' resource launched in March 2012, and have been a valuable partner to the team.

For more information email 

Click here to view the Schoolbeat curriculum 


The Secondary RSE Audit


From September 2020, schools must begin delivery of statutory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education. To support this process GHLL have designed a simplified version of the curriculum requirements (beginning with RSE).

  • Suggested reading and resources
  • How to use this document
  • RAG rate the curriculum content.
  1. What are you doing well?
  2. What do you do that could/should be developed further?
  3. Do you require support to enable these developments?

Click here to view the document. (April 2020)


Siobhan Baille concerned about sexual harrassment of schoolgirls in Stroud

MP Siobhan Baillie has met with pupils from Stroud High School for Girls to discuss a survey they undertook looking at sexism and violence against women and to discuss their experiences of sexual harassment.

Siobhan met with the pupils from years eight to 11 recently and she was presented with the results of a survey they undertook among 80 Year 9 students.

Read full article here

Watch the parliamentary discussion here


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