Relationships education has been compulsory for pupils in primary education since September 2020. For secondary pupils, relationships and sex education (RSE) must be taught. Health education is now compulsory in all schools too.
- In primary schools, the subjects should put in place the key building blocks for healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy.
- At secondary school, teaching builds on this and develops pupils’ understanding of health, with an increased focus on risk areas such as drugs and alcohol, as well as introducing knowledge about intimate relationships and sex and how to have positive and healthy sexual relationships.
The current RSHE guidance can be found here.
There are several resources for schools to support you in the delivery of RSHE. Please see below:
Chameleon provides puberty, sex education and relationships lesson and assembly plans for primary schools (ages 7-11) and RSHE webinars for staff including tackling online misogyny and resources on for secondary schools.
The Chameleon resources library and webinars free for Swindon’s schools. Sign up here.
Jigsaw provides resources (charge for these) and free webinars. The resources library includes education lesson and assembly plans for primary schools and RSHE lesson plans and assemblies for secondary schools. Jigsaw resources can be accessed here.
NSPCC provides the following free RSHE resources for schools:
- Speak Out. Stay Safe: virtual assemblies for years 5 and 6 helps pupils understand abuse in all its forms and recognise the signs, understand that it is never a child’s fault and that they have the right to be safe, and know the sources of help available to them.
- RSHE and RSE resources and lesson plans for all key stages.
- Online safety hub
- Talk Relationships free package of support to help secondary schools confidently deliver inclusive RSHE. This includes:
- eLearning courses to support school to implement and deliver RSHE
- lesson plans including plans for young people with SEND
- dedicated helpline for secondary school staff.
Barnardo’s Safer Streets:
- Works with young females aged 12 - 18 to educate and support them to develop healthy relationships, understand the risk from grooming and exploitation and keep safe in the community and online.
- 6-week programme in schools or colleges, either on a one-to-one basis or in groups of up to 8.
- Referral criteria: early intervention need identified (no known history of CSE); referrals from professionals and education settings; no current gang affiliations.
- Counsellor available for those young people who have been identified when referred as needing mental health support.
- Three different workshops which can be delivered in isolation, or Barnardos can run all three.
- One hour long and specifically aimed at Yr 6 or secondary school students.
- Pupils are given a card listing names and contact numbers of organisations where they can go for further help and advice.
- Maximum of 30 students per hour slot.
- Unlike 1:1 and group work, these workshops can be delivered to male and female students; no referrals are required.
- Topics: Healthy relationships, grooming and exploitation; being safe and online safety.
Book via: firstname.lastname@example.org
See anti-bullying resources on the emotional health and wellbeing page.
Our Schools Now in Swindon
Free workshops are for pupils in Year 10 upwards – up to 60 pupils per session
- All girls & non-binary students from a year group
- A student council
- A feminist society
- A self-selected group from across the years as an extracurricular activity
The workshops can be booked now for anytime from January 2023 to March 2024.
Free sessions for teaching staff
- The sessions can be any length from 1 hour upwards to fit in with your timetable and CPD slots. Schools/colleges can select the content that is most important to them out of the above list.
- They can be delivered as interactive sessions for up to 40 staff, or in keynote presentation style for larger groups. They are relevant for all teaching staff, particularly pastoral care & safeguarding leads, PSHE coordinators and heads of year.
- All secondary schools and colleges are eligible and need to be delivered by March 2024.
BOOK NOW by emailing: OSNschools@outlook.com or calling 07881 962923 Please include details of your school/college and whether you are interested in staff or pupil sessions.
Swindon Women's Aid
- Domestic Abuse Aware Schools Award.
- Education Outreach Service: a specialist support service for CYP who have experienced/witnessed domestic abuse and 1-2-1 support for those aged 7 to 18 delivered through Swindon schools or colleges
- Young person’s violence advisor 12 - 24 year olds
- Group work with children aged 8 – 18yrs – recovery toolkit and helping hands
- Healthy Relationship Education in Secondary Schools
- Primary Schools Workshops – focused on protective behaviours and positive friendships
Swindon Sexual Health Services
Work creatively to reach young people and vulnerable adults who may struggle to access mainstream sexual health services.
Based in Swindon Health Centre and can see young people in schools, in their own homes or wherever they are comfortable to meet.
Take referrals from any person working with young people or vulnerable adults, who would benefit from a little more support.
Phone: 01793 607877,78,79
07920829019 – Gemma; 07920829032 – Sarah; 07775035922- Cara and Jess
Brook provide free lesson plans and resources to support RSHE for primary and secondary schools: https://www.brook.org.uk/resources/