RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)

Relationships and Sex Education is compulsory for all students receiving secondary education.


The intent of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is to give students the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds. RSE enables them to know what a healthy relationship looks like and what makes a good friend, a good colleague and a successful committed relationship.

RSE includes what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in relationships to help students to understand the positive effects that good relationships can have on their mental wellbeing, identify when relationships are not right and understand how such situations can be managed.

RSE supports students in developing resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and where to access support. 


The five main topics covered in the RSE curriculum are:

  • Families.
  • Respectful relationships, including friendships.
  • Online and media.
  • Being safe.
  • Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health.

Click here for more detailed information on the statutory content which must be delivered by the end of secondary school 

RSE is delivered through the PSHE curriculum with elements taught in other National Curriculum subjects including science and ICT. The RSE curriculum within PSHE is delivered by tutors to their tutor groups. Clear ground rules are agreed and re-visited each lesson with students. This establishes a safe and supportive environment which allows students to develop the confidence to ask questions.

All teaching of RSE is age and stage appropriate in approach and content with all statutory content taught sensitively and inclusively. Our PSHE maps outline the RSE content delivered to each year group. 

Each RSE topic includes sources of support which students can access and these are also available on the Academy website. Sources of health and wellbeing support 

RSE Policy