Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

As you may be aware, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is an integral part of the National Curriculum and is a statutory requirement.

If students are provided with timely and age-appropriate information about their bodies and relationships, they will have a better understanding of the changes that are happening or will happen to them, be better equipped to keep themselves safe, grow into confident and healthy young people able to make positive choices.

According to the 2019 guidance by the Department for Education while parents/ carers do not have the right to withdraw pupils from relationship education, have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from the sex education, not including what is part of the national curriculum for science. 

To support student voice in RSE, each classroom is set up with a question box where students are encouraged to ask questions they have around the topic and teachers are supported to answer questions as appropriate throughout the term. At the end of each RSE lesson, teachers will refer back to the Zones of Regulation so students have the opportunity to communicate how they are feeling.

This year we will be following the Jigsaw programme with occasional referral to the Talkabout programme delivering lessons in Key Stage 3 around the following topics in RSE: 



Changing Me

F1- F2

Family life 

Breaking friendships 

Falling out
Dealing with bullying 

Being a good friend

Respecting my body 

Growing up
Growth and change 

Fun and fears 


Ages 5-6

Belonging to a family
Making friends/being a good friend 

Physical contact preferences 

People who help us
Qualities as a friend and person 

Being a good friend to myself 

Celebrating special relationships 

Life cycles – animal and human 

Changes in me
Changes since being a baby 

Differences between female and male bodies (correct terminology) 

Linking growing and learning 

Coping with change 


Ages 6-7

Trust and appreciation
Expressing appreciation for special relationships 

Different types of family 

Physical contact boundaries 

Friendship and conflict Secrets

Life cycles in nature
Growing from young to old 

Increasing independence 

Differences in female and male bodies (correct terminology) 

Preparing for transition

Ages 7-8

Being a global citizen
Being aware of how my choices affect others
Awareness of how other children have different lives
Expressing appreciation for family and friends 

Family roles and responsibilities 

Friendship and negotiation
Keeping safe online and who to go to for help

How babies grow 

Understanding a baby’s needs 

Outside body changes
Inside body changes
Family stereotypes 

Challenging my ideas 

Preparing for transition 


Ages 8-9

Love and loss
Memories of loved ones
Getting on and Falling Out 

Girlfriends and boyfriends
Showing appreciation to people and animals 

Being unique
Having a baby
Girls and puberty 

Confidence in change 

Accepting change 

Preparing for transition 

Environmental change

Ages 9-10

Self-recognition and self-worth 

Building self-esteem
Safer online communities
Rights and responsibilities online 

Online gaming and gambling 

Reducing screen time 

Dangers of online grooming 

SMARRT internet safety rules 

Self- and body image
Influence of online and media on body image
Puberty for girls
Puberty for boys
Conception (including IVF) 

Growing responsibility
Coping with change
Preparing for transition 


Ages 10-11

Mental health
Identifying mental health worries and sources of support
Love and loss
Managing feelings
Power and control
Technology safety
Take responsibility with technology use 


Body image
Puberty and feelings 

Conception to birth

Reflections about change 

Physical attraction

Respect and consent






  • Characteristics of healthy relationships
  • Healthy romantic relationships
  • Consent
  • Relationships and Change
  • Emotions within Friendships
  • Being discerning
  • Assertiveness
  • Sexting
  • Positive relationship with self
  • Social media and relationship with self
  • Negative self-talk
  • Managing a range of relationships
  • Personal space
  • Online etiquette, online privacy and personal safety
  • Coercion
  • Unhealthy balance of power in relationships
  • Sources of support 
  • Power and control in intimate relationships
  • Risk in intimate relationships
  • Importance of sexual consent
  • Assertiveness skills
  • Sex and the law
  • Pornography and stereotypes
  • Contraception choices
  • Family planning
  • STIs
  • Support and advice services

Changing Me

  • Puberty Changes
  • FGM and breast flattening/ ironing
  • Responsibilities of parenthood
  • Types of committed relationships
  • Happiness and intimate relationships
  • Media and self-esteem
  • Self-image
  • Brain changes in puberty
  • Sources of help and support 
  • Types of close intimate relationships
  • Physical attraction
  • Legal status of relationships
  • Behaviours in healthy and unhealthy romantic relationships
  • Pornography
  • Sexuality
  • Alcohol and risky behaviour 
  • Mental health stigma
  • Triggers
  • Support strategies
  • Managing emotional changes
  • Resilience and how to improve it
  • Reflection on importance of sleep in relation to mental health
  • Reflection on body and brain change
  • Stereotypes



  • Sustaining long-term relationships
  • Relationship choices
  • Ending relationships safely
  • Consequences of relationships ending e.g. bullying, revenge porn, grief-cycle. 
  • Divorce and separation
  • Impact of family breakup on children
  • Understanding love
  • Fake news and rumour- mongering, 
  • Abuse in teenage relationships
  • Legislation, support and advice
  • Stages of intimate relationships
  • Positive and negative connotations of sex
  • Protecting sexual and reproductive health
  • Safely ending relationships
  • Spectrum of gender and sexuality
  • LGBT+ rights and protection under the Equality Act
  • “coming out” challenges
  • LGBT+ media stereotypes
  • Power, control and sexual experimentation
  • Forced marriage
  • Honour-based violence
  • FGM and other abuses
  • Hate crime
  • Sources of support

Changing Me

  • Impact of societal change on young people
  • Role of media on societal change
  • Reflection on change so far and how to manage it successfully
  • Decision making
  • Sexual identity gender
  • Spectrum of sexuality
  • Stereotypes in romantic relationships
  • Sexual identity and risk
  • Family change
  • Sources of support. 

If you have any concerns about the materials we will be using, or topics covered please do not hesitate to contact the school and we will be happy to talk to you about your concerns.