Relationships, Sex and Health Education

Curriculum, resources and training update - May 2020

Amidst the continued uncertainty that we are all facing, now more than ever we are all considering the role we can play in supporting the health and wellbeing of pupils, at school, whilst they are away and when they return.

To support with this there are many resources available through the Healthy Learning, Healthy Lives (HLHL) programme on this website and we also have some updates in relation to Statutory Relationships, Sex, and Health Education (RSHE).

Coronavirus impact on implementation of RSHE

Whilst there has been no official statement from the Department of Education, it is anticipated that the ‘20/21 academic year will be considered a more relaxed implementation year for the new subjects, with reduced expectations. There is likely to be additional consideration for the fact that schools have not been able to complete their processes of consultation, curriculum planning and resource selection due to the situation caused by Coronavirus. 

The information on the HLHL website has been updated, and now includes some FAQ’s.  If any further information is received we will share it here.

Policy development/review and consultation

Schools will be at different stages in this process, and it is likely that the current situation will lead to the process being incomplete and delayed for some time.


For schools that are in the early stages of developing or reviewing a policy, we have compiled some supporting materials that can be used as a guide to support this process.  The guidance document is embedded in the HLHL evidence ‘wheel’, in the ‘see more’ section under Criteria 1 of the PSHE segment. If you have any queries or difficulties with accessing your HLHL wheel, or have not yet signed up to the programme, please get in touch by emailing


A reminder of the requirement for consultation of the policy with different members of the school community, prior to it being ratified.  Due to social distancing, usual face-to-face methods of consultation are not available currently and it is likely this will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future. Schools may choose to use alternative methods when the opportunity to do so arises, and this may be a useful time to consider what this could look like.


RSHE Curriculum update

The Learn Sheffield team have experienced some delays in producing the curriculum in the current situation and have amended their plan for launch.  The intention is to share the resources with schools in a ‘draft’ form now, they will be reviewed again in the Autumn and any further changes will be made Spring 2021, when the world will hopefully have transitioned to a ‘new normal’ state.  We will continue to be in touch about this process and in the new academic year will be in touch regarding the review.


We have been informed that we will be receiving the primary curriculum within the coming days.


For the secondary curriculum, the team have experienced greater delays but plan to release the outline framework of all the units and the learning content for the contentious units by the end of May. The rest of the learning content is planned to be available in the Summer term.

We are asking schools to download and complete this ‘sign-up’ form now to gain access to the curriculum. We will then disseminate the curriculum as soon as it becomes available. Please note, to access the curriculum your school will need to be signed up to the Healthy Learning, Healthy Lives programme.By completing the form we will advise you of the next steps.


Sign up form

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Curriculum Training

To support the use of the curriculum the team at Learn Sheffield are developing some accompanying training. This is currently anticipated to take place virtually in the Summer Term, but subject to change depending on the broader situation.  If this is something you would be interested in please indicate this on the attached form and we will provide further details, including the cost of the training, in due course.


Rethink Periods training

There are some dates remaining to take part in this free period education online training. Attendees of the face to face training earlier this year had some great feedback on the session.

The online sessions will be taking place via Zoom on;


  • Monday 11th May  – 10am – 11.30am (limited spaces available)
  • Monday 11th May  – 1.00pm – 2.30pm
  • Thursday 14th May  – 10am – 11.30am
  • Thursday 14th May  – 4.00pm – 5.30pm


By taking part your school will receive PSHE Association approved, unbiased period education program, with full lesson plans, supporting resources and a demo box of period products are provided to schools free of charge.

Please email ASAP to book your space.  Please list your top 3 preferred slots in order of preference and we’ll do our best to get you booked onto your first choice.    

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Last updated: 05 May 2020 16:04:01