Resources to support PSHE and relationships education

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

From the Sex Education Forum to the PSHE Association and the NSPCC, there are a range of quality resources out there for low or no cost to help schools deliver effective PSHE and relationships education.​

Sex Education Forum

The Sex Education Forum (SEF) publishes resources and runs events to support schools in delivering effective RSE. Its Countdown to Statutory RSE event takes place on November 30 in London and aims to guide teachers through the new legislation and advise on curriculum design. A specific event for primary schools is also planned for January 31 in London entitled Get Ready for Statutory Relationships and Sex Education for Primary Schools.

The SEF also offers a range of resources, advice and guidance documents, including a Curriculum Design Tool, a quiz “How ready for statutory RSE are you?”, a list of RSE resources relating to SEND, and a range of e-magazines covering issues such as puberty, gender, HIV, consent, LGBT and others.

PSHE Association

The PSHE Association offers a range of curriculum guidance to develop a PSHE curriculum. It also offers a resource library to help you put plans into practice, including planning frameworks and detailed lesson plans. The resources are either developed by the association or quality-assured against best practice criteria. Resources include PSHE programmes of study for all key stages, principles of effective PSHE, ground rules for teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing, a PSHE planning toolkit, and curriculum overviews for key stages 1 and 2.


The NSPCC has worked with the PSHE Association to develop a teaching resource – entitled Making Sense of Relationships – to support pupils aged nine to 16 to navigate safe and healthy relationships in an online world. The free pack includes three lessons to support transition and changing friendships at key stage 2 and six lessons exploring healthy and unhealthy relationships at key stage 3, with an accompanying Teacher Guide.

Google & Parent Zone

The Be Internet Legends curriculum is a free internet safety educational resource for pupils aged 7 to 11. Google and Parent Zone have collaborated on the key stage 2 teaching resource, which has received the PSHE Association Quality Mark and is free. It offers lesson plans, support materials, worksheets, poster and stickers, and the curriculum packs aim to encourage discussion and exploration of issues such as appropriate behaviour, critical thinking and risk-spotting.


Trust Me by Childnet is a set of five lesson plans for primary and secondary schools that focus on counter-extremism, critical thinking skills and online safety. The two lesson plans for primary schools cover critical thinking around content (such as websites, blogs, online adverts and search results) and contact (how others online may attempt to persuade us to follow a link, download a file or engage in other behaviour). The three lessons for secondary schools cover both content and contact but also propaganda.

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