Relationship Education

Relationship Education

Relationship Education is statutory in primary schools from September 2020 as part of Relationship, Sex and Health Education. The government has set out clear guidance on what must be taught. Parents do not have a right to withdraw their child from relationship education. The Department for Education has published a short guide for parents, available here. The Department for Education Communication to Schools on the Implementation of Statutory RSHE 2020 in light of Covid-19.

Advice and Resources

Supporting Personal Development Learning guidance from Hampshire County Council

The PHSE Association has mapped their Programme of Study to the new statutory Health Education, Relationships Education and RSE guidance

Growing up with Yasmine and Tom online resource from the FPA. It includes a series of flexible, age-appropriate lesson plans and interactive whiteboard activities designed to meet curriculum requirements for children aged 5–11 (fee required)

PANTS (The underwear rule) by NSPCC. The Talk PANTS campaign helps parents of 4-11 year olds keep their children safe from abuse. The site contains lesson plans, teaching resources and communications to parents.

The Sex Education Forum Useful guidance and resources for schools including a guide to what works and why when teaching RSE

Safe4Me advice for teachers and parents from Hampshire Police including Clever Never Goes

Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Tackling FGM toolkit


Hampshire County Council’s advice on bullying

HIAS Rights Respecting Education

Advice for schools on bullying resources for parents and schools from BullyingUK

Expect Respect Education Toolkit by Women’s Aid. Lessons for each year group to discuss domestic abuse

Stonewall best practice, toolkits and resources for teachers to tackle a range of LGBT issues

Hampshire: a safe place to learn, a safe place to grow. LGBT+ guidance for Hampshire schools and colleges

Changing Faces education resources about appearance and disfigurement to tackle bullying and promote inclusion


Periods: What you need to know free downloadable leaflet from the FPA

Betty: it’s perfectly natural an educational resource focusing on menstruation, which supports pupils’ wider learning about puberty and growing up for KS2

Rethink Periods free lesson plans are designed to increase key stage 2 and 3 pupils’ understanding of menstruation and confidence in discussing the topic, while challenging common misconceptions. Awarded PSHE Association quality mark.

For young people and parents/carers

Outspoken Sex Ed provides parents/carers with free homeschooling lessons about relationship and sex education

Free E-learning

The Anti-Bullying Alliance has created free online CPD training for anyone who works with children and young people. The programme was particularly developed to reduce levels of bullying of disabled children and those with special educational needs (SEN) but applies to all children.  It covers the following topics:

  • What is bullying? 
  • Bullying and the Law; 
  • Bullying and SEN/disability; 
  • 10 principles to reduce bullying;
  • Preventing bullying;
  • Responding to bullying;
  • Cyberbullying (online bullying).

Free e-learning from the Home Office about Female Genital Mutilation can be found at

Brook provides a new interactive course on Puberty, helping you to explore the physical and mental changes of adolescence with young people.