Lesson Plans

Below is a step by step guide for schools planning PSHE or Relationships and Sex Education lessons

1. Planning your curriculum

The free PSHE Association Guidance, published in 2013, is the best place to start. You can access the document for free online and it covers primary and secondary level teaching, giving advice around what topics to cover, to what level and at what age: https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/curriculum.

2. Accessing lesson plans & resources

Primary level resources and lesson plans
  • From 2015 we have invested in JIGSAW, a PSHE curriculum for Primary Schools. Even if you are not working towards Bristol Ideal, you can access this. Please contact Julie Coulthard, PSHE Lead, for more information:  julie.coulthard@bristol.gov.uk.
  • The Sex Education Forum have created a lesson plan pack for primary schools called ‘Laying the Foundations’. You can hire one of two copies in our Bristol Health Promotion Library for free: 0117 92 22290. Or you can purchase your own from: http://shop.ncb.org.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=6300-050b10202P.
  • The ‘Expect Respect’ toolkit offers 1 lesson per year group and ranges from lessons on gender, respect, friendships and relationships. It can be downloaded from the Women’s Aid website.
  • There are many other resources and lesson plans mapped out here: RSE Resources & Lesson Plans and here are the resources for January 2017: resources for jan 2017
Secondary level teaching resources and lesson plans

In Bristol we have the ‘Sex and Stuff’ pack with lesson plans for every year group covering all RSE topic areas. This includes lessons on:

  • Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships
  • FGM
  • Forced marriage
  • Honour based violence
  • Domestic abuse
  • E-safety

Access the pack online or contact the Bristol Healthy Schools Team for a hard copy: http://www.bristolhealthyschools.org.uk/sex-and-stuff/

Sex and Stuff Front Cover

Lessons on consent

In March 2015 The PSHE Association created a guidance and lesson plan pack for Key stage 3 and 4 on consent. This can be downloaded here: PSHE Association Consent Pack.

Lessons on gender, friendship, conflict management, abuse and violence

The Expect Respect Toolkit which offers a lesson per year group from primary to secondary school.

3. Getting support and advice: Bristol’s PSHE Consultant

Julie Coulthard is the city’s PSHE Lead. She is available to offer help and advice to Bristol schools on:  Julie.coulthard@bristol.gov.uk.

Julie is also one of the trainers for the PSHE CPD Certificate for professionals wanting to become trained in PSHE/ RSE. Contact her for more information and/ or to sign up to the next course.

The AVA Prevention Platform (http://www.preventionplatform.co.uk/) offers links to useful resources that can be used in schools, a lot of which are freely available online.

Ending domestic and sexual violence through education