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Relationships & Sex Education


Spectrum’s Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) team provides lessons for young people across Wakefield, Barnsley and Wigan & Leigh.

We are experienced in developing and reviewing RSE and PSHE (personal, social, economic and health) policies and provision.

RSE: information for teachers

Our RSE lessons equip young people with the knowledge and skills needed to make safer choices as they grow to adulthood. This includes learning how to recognise and manage risk, how to spot signs of healthy and unhealthy behaviours in relationships, and how to find support services which can help them protect their sexual health. RSE supports young people to prepare for the challenges they may face in the future, covering age appropriate topics as they progress through school.

Assessing RSE

Wondering how to measure RSE learning effectively? There are many ways to do this and whichever approach you choose, we recommend that you begin with a baseline assessment. Take a look at assessment guidance from the PHSE Association to help you plan (some materials are for members only) or speak to your RSE contact at Spectrum.

Tips for teaching RSE

Top tips

  • Develop a working agreement for RSE – this can set the tone, helping to keep your lessons on track, reduce any worries and keep everyone safe. For example, a ground rule might be ‘we will use positive and inclusive language’
  • Negotiate language
  • Use distancing techniques
  • Use open questions
  • Give opportunities for critical reflection – try not to pack the lesson full of activities but give time for students to consider and think
  • Challenge prejudice

Use a range of student groupings

  • Interactive learning that you feel comfortable with
  • Drama and discussion
  • Role play
  • Quizzes
  • Story boards
  • Case studies
  • Be confident, remember it’s okay to say I don’t know

And finally…

  • Arm yourself with good resources, data and behaviour change techniques that challenge and inform in safe way.
  • Reflect on your own worries and try and understand where they come from.
  • Look up these reflective preparation tasks from Do here.
  • If you fear question and answer sessions, don’t offer that as an activity. Instead ask young people to consider their questions and write them down for you to address next week.

Engaging with parents

Engaging with parents is an important part of promoting RSE. Spectrum has consistently worked to engage with parents, carers and community leaders.

If you need support to engage with parents, please use our contact form to get in touch with our team.

We are happy to visit your school or premises to support a parents’ event and answer any RSE questions you might have; we can also offer support remotely.

Tips for teaching RSE

For more information, Spectrum staff and RSE professionals can also access our RSE portal (log-in required).

Other resources

Further support resources are also available through Do RSE for Schools, Childnet and NSPCC Learning.

10 key facts about child sexual exploitation (CSE)

Find out more about Spectrum RSE

If you would like to learn more about our RSE services, please contact us using our enquiries form.