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PSHE, Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) and Wellbeing

In this section you will find information relating to the curriculum.

These documents provide a curriculum framework for school and curriculum leaders for the delivery PSHE & Wellbeing education, an education that is relevant and necessary for today’s learners in the 21st century. 

PSHE including RSHE, is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding, skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

PSHE contributes to them being safe and to personal development by helping children and young people to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem, make career choices and understand what influences their decisions including financial ones. Developing self-understanding, empathy and the ability to work with others will help young people to enjoy healthy and productive relationships in all aspects of their lives.

The framework supports schools in fulfilling the statutory obligations of supporting pupil wellbeing and is fully aligned to the  Ofsted framework as well as to national curriculum themes – personal development, health & safety, emotional wellbing and mental health, anti-bullying, behaviour & welfare, Citizenship, British values and Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural education (SMSC including inclusion & equalities).  The curriculum frameworks are based on the PSHE Association’s Programmes of Study and their implementation contribute to your school achieving the Healthy Schools London award.

The curriculum frameworks aim to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamworking and critical thinking in the context of learning grouped into three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education).

PSHE education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged (PSHE Association).

New: Curriculum Framework and Resources

Primary Secondary (agreed by Secondary Subject Network)

PSHE Resource Bank - updated March 2024 (pdf, 2.9mb)


Three theme per term model-

PSHE and Wellbeing Curriculum Framework for Primary schools (v5)-15_03_21 (pdf, 2.1mb)

One theme per term model -

PSHE and Wellbeing Curriculum Framework for Primary schools (v5)-15_03_21 (pdf, 2.2mb)

PSHE Resource Bank (pdf, 2.9mb)


PSHE and Wellbeing Curriculum_ Reading List _Resource Bank (v5)-15_03_21 (pdf, 1.6mb)


Health Education Partnership: PSHE Resources for Secondary Schools (pdf, 416kb) - April 2024

HEP KS3, 4 & 5 Resources (pdf, 358kb)

Case Studies and Resources for LGBTQIA+ Inclusion in Primary Schools

Stonewall Toolkit - LGBTQ+ inclusion in primary schools: How primary schools are celebrating difference and tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia  (pdf, 1mb)

Best practice, toolkits and resources from Stonewall 


Relationships, Sex and  Health Education (RSHE) and Wellbeing

Leadership and Management

DfE RSE and Health Education Guidance 2019 (pdf, 577kb)

Roadmap to Stautory RSE (pdf, 778kb)

Whole School Audit (pdf, 216kb)

Monitoring, Evaluating and Assessing RSE (pdf, 202kb)

Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) as part of PSHE & Wellbeing Education  for your information:

DfE's FAQs

Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education

DfE Guides for Parents (in several languages)

Letter to the NAHT from Damian Hinds

Ofsted and RSE

Sex Education Forum

Parental Engagement

Enagaging Parents with Relationships Education Policy

PSHE Association guide to supporting parental engagement for both primary and secondary 

 LGBT-inclusive curriculum guide launched for UK primary schools

DfE Commissioned Training for Schools

RSHE training from East London & Newham RSHE Partnership (pdf, 244kb)

Southwark Council’s Public Health Commissioned Support for Sexual Health

Southwark’s Young People’s Service for Sexual health, Contraception, and Drugs & Alcohol - HYP (pdf, 346kb)

Teaching about Consent

All guidance in this section produced by PSHE Association.

Consent_FAQs (pdf, 343kb)

Consent_SoW (pdf, 1.3mb)

Consent_supplementaryguidance (pdf, 462kb)

Law_Consent (pdf, 307kb)

Joint Briefing on PSHE Association and Association for Science Education (March 2016) Joint briefing on Human Development and Reproduction in the Primary Curriculum (, 481kb)

Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Education 

Healthy Schools London                             


Primary Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Education Policy (pdf, 493kb)

Secondary Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Education Policy (pdf, 493kb)

Policy for Managing Drug Related Incidents (pdf, 611kb)


PSHE Subject Association

Teaching about Body Image PSHE Association - Body Image Standards (pdf, 1.4mb)