Relationships, Sex and Health Education in Schools
Since September 2020, relationships and sex education became statutory in all secondary schools in England.
Relationships education is statutory in all primary schools in England. In-line with government guidance, we recommend that age-appropriate sex education is also taught in all primary schools.
Health education is also statutory in all state-funded schools.
Helping Parents Understand How RSHE is a Good Thing and Helps Protect Children
As you know – it’s a statutory requirement to let parents know what’s being taught in RSHE.
At the FPA we understand the need to do this in a simple way that provides peace of mind.
It’s also tricky for schools to constantly communicate about RSHE, but we’re here to help you.
New Parents Area for RSHE
We have developed a new parents guide that is easily found via the main menu of the fpa.org.uk.
Responsible Relationships, Sex & Heath Education in Primary Schools – RSHE FAQs:
Q) Are children shown pornographic material?
A) No, never, they are children. The Family Planning Association takes a responsible approach. Children should be helped, protected and only taught age appropriate lessons.
Q) Who marks your homework? And how do you ensure lessons are “age appropriate”?
A) The Family Planning Association has implemented a 4 stage process:
- Materials are initially written by teachers
- Any sex education lessons are reviewed and updated by medical experts
- Lessons are then peer reviewed
- Lessons are then re-checked to ensure they are still fully compliant with the National Curriculum
Q) Is Relationship, Sex & Health Education really that important – shouldn’t children just concentrate on English and maths?
A) There’s no question that English and maths are critical building blocks.
Likewise, the clear evidence is that High Quality RSHE is like other education. It helps children and young people navigate the world, make informed choices, and develop critical thinking skills.
For details – see our Sex Education Benefits and Statistics page.
Q) Can I opt my child out of sex education?
A) The NHS states “it’s perfectly normal for puberty to begin at any point between the ages of 8 and 13 in girls and 9 and 14 in boys.“
- cannot withdraw their child from ‘relationships’ education as this is a legal requirement.
- cannot withdraw their child from sex education that is part of the science curriculum e.g. ‘external body parts’ and ‘the human body as it grows from birth to old age (including puberty)’.
- can withdraw their child from any additional sex education.
Where schools use the FPA lesson plans there are 4 of these additional sex education lessons:
- They are age appropriate and taught in year 6 (10-11 year olds)
- They are clearly marked on the lesson plan below
If opting your child out – the FPA strongly suggests that parents teach sex education at home.
Although in an ideal world – children would get these important lessons at home and at school.
UK Curriculum by Country
Click below for curriculum details:
- England: Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) & Relationships, Sex and Heath Education (RHSE)
- Northern Ireland: Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE)
- Scotland: Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP)
- Wales: Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) & Health and Wellbeing
Meet Yasmine and Tom!
Animation, sound and touch-screen activities bring the characters Yasmine and Tom to life.
Age appropriate lessons help Yasmine and Tom cover the full curriculum including relationships, families, friendships, diversity, the body, online and offline safety and much more.
Discover peace of mind and a safe pair of hands so children can learn and grow.
Yasmine and Tom Example 1: The Introduction Video
i.e. video shown to pupils aged 5 to 7, i.e. to introduce them to Yasmine and Tom.
Yasmine and Tom Example 2: Different Families
An “interaction” from Lesson 3 in Module 1, i.e. for 5 to 7 year olds. Note that you can interact here too and see the lesson progress (needs sound).
Yasmine and Tom Example 3: Periods (menstruation)
An interaction from Module 3, i.e. for 9 to 11 year olds. Again, you can interact here too and see the lesson progress (needs sound).
Growing up with Yasmine and Tom
An interactive online resource for primary schools that makes teaching relationships, sex and health education simple, easy and fun.
Interactive, fun and engaging RSE
Growing up with Yasmine and Tom is an online resource to help you easily deliver high-quality relationships and sex education as part of a PSHE programme. Growing up with Yasmine and Tom, has 31 lesson plans, divided into 3 modules, suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2 (ages 5-11).
Updated regularly, you can be sure you are transferring up-to-date, clinically accurate information to students. Download our updates guide for detailed information on how the lesson plans have changed.
PSHE Accredited RSE Teaching Aid
FPA is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the PSHE Quality Mark for best-selling RSE educational programme, Growing up with Yasmine and Tom. Read more about PSHE Accredition.
Want to meet Yasmine & Tom? Register for a free 10 day trial of our PSHE accredited resource.
Clinically Accurate and Engaging RSHE Literature
Discover our collection of most loved teaching aids for RSHE. Designed to increase engagement levels and promote healthy conversation.
Leaflets & Literature
Clinically accurate leaflets and brochures for students. Including helpful information on difficult topics such as periods and wet dreams.