Sex Education Forum and PSHE Association

The Sex Education Forum was established in 1987, as part of their work they have helped support generations of educators and lobbied for the introduction of compulsory Relationships and Sex Education in England. In April 2021 they became an independent charity.

They promote and protect the physical and mental health of children and young people by improving their access to RSE.

Read through Sex Education Forum curriculum design tool. The resource has been created to support educators in designing developmental, spiral and comprehensive programmes of relationships and sex education (RSE) which start early in primary school and continue throughout secondary education and beyond.

The tool looks at the different age groups and suggest which topics should be covered.

Curriculum Design Tool for RSE


Established in 2006 The PSHE Association is the national body for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education. They providing members with dedicated support, resources, training & guidance.

The association have developed a Programme of Study for PSHE education which is used by many schools to guide curriculum planning.

This programme of study sets out learning opportunities for key stage 1 to 5, based on three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. The document has been mapped to the new RSE guidance.

Read the programme of study to learn more about which topics are suggested for each of the key stages.

Answer these questions:

  • Did any of the topics surprise you?
  • Do you think any subjects should be introduced earlier or later?
  • What are your reasons for agreeing or disagreeing?