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RSHE including LGBT relationships

Primary: Relationships and Health Education (RHE)

Secondary: Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)

Previously Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE); a non-statutory Framework for schools developed in 2000.

Relationships and Health Education (RHE) teaching and primary level and,  Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) at St Luke's School teach the statutory requirements.   Here you will find information on what we teach and our ongoing consultation with staff, parents and carers as required by Ofsted and the DfE. 

Notably, schools are required to consult with parents on their curriculum regarding Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and LGBTQ matters.

Secretary of State: Purpose of the new Curriculum for Relationships, Sex and Health Education

Purpose of the new Curriculum (From the Secretary of State) 2020

Click here for the Government guidance on RSHE: Relationships, Sex and Health Education 

Relationships and Health Education (primary) and Relationships, Sex and Health Education (secondary) is to be in place from 2020. Previously it was Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) a non-statutory Framework for schools developed in 2000.

Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.

This is why Relationships Education has been made compulsory in all primary schools in England and Relationships and Sex Education compulsory in all secondary schools, as well as making Health Education compulsory in all state-funded schools.

Our guiding principles have been that all of the compulsory subject content must be age appropriate and developmentally appropriate. It must be taught sensitively and inclusively, with respect to the backgrounds and beliefs of pupils and parents while always with the aim of providing pupils with the knowledge they need of the law.

In primary schools: key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy.

At secondary: build on the knowledge acquired at primary and develop further pupils’ understanding of health, with an increased focus on risk areas such as drugs and alcohol, as well as introducing knowledge about intimate relationships and sex.

Teaching about mental wellbeing is central to these subjects, especially as a priority for parents is their children’s happiness. We know that children and young people are increasingly experiencing challenges, and that young people are at particular risk of feeling lonely. The new subject content will give them the knowledge and capability to take care of themselves and receive support if problems arise.

All of this content should support the wider work in helping to foster pupil wellbeing and develop resilience and character that we know are fundamental to pupils being happy, successful and productive members of society. Central to this is pupils’ ability to believe that they can achieve goals, both academic and personal; to stick to tasks that will help them achieve those goals, even when the reward may be distant or uncertain; and to recover from knocks and challenging periods in their lives. This should be complemented by development of personal attributes including kindness, integrity, generosity, and honesty.

These subjects represent a huge opportunity to help our children and young people develop. The knowledge and attributes gained will support their own, and others’, wellbeing and attainment and help young people to become successful and happy adults who make a meaningful contribution to society

St Luke's Consultation  on RSE and LGBT+ matters: Information for Parents and Carers

Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their child from aspects of sex education within our Personal Development curriculum (though not statutory science teaching) up until 3 terms prior to their child’s 16th birthday. If you should wish to exercise this right, please do get in touch via email ( as soon as possible so we are able to discuss the options available.

Updated Consultation Materials July 2021

St Luke's Relationships and Sex Education Policy (April 2021)

Our consultation information for Parents and Carers PDF of slides (Updated July 2021)

Our consultation information for Parents and Carers Powerpoint with notes (Updated July 2021)

Personal Development Planning Framework (Updated July 2021)

Personal Development Curriculum Maps: Two/Three Yearly Cycles (Updated July 2021)

Consultation Questionnaire on RSE Curriculum and Policy (Updated July 2021)


Policy for Relationships and Sex Education

Relationships and Sex Education forms part of our Relationships, Sex and Health Education, which in turn is part of our Personal Development curriculum.  The school's policy on Relationships and Sex Education is below:

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Review April 2023

Curriculum Maps for Personal Development

 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) relationships 

In lower school, we cover LGBT relationships in the modules 

  • CHANGING AND GROWING: Different types of relationships and,
  • THE WORLD I LIVE IN: respecting differences between people.

Middle School delivers:

  • SELF AWARENESS: Prejudice and discrimination,
  • MANAGING FEELINGS: Romantic Feelings and Sexual Attraction,
  • CHANGING AND GROWING: Romantic Relationships and Consent, 
  • CHANGING AND GROWING: Long term Relationships and Parenthood, 
  • THE WORLD I LIVE IN: Diversity, rights and responsibilities

Upper School, LGBT matters are covered in topics; 

  • SELF AWARENESS: Prejudice and discrimination,  
  • MANAGING FEELINGS: Romantic Feelings and Sexual Attraction, 
  • CHANGING AND GROWING: Romantic Relationships and Consent, and 
  • CHANGING AND GROWING: Long term Relationships and Parenthood.

Faith Schools - for comparison

Faith Schools

For comparison, faith schools are also required to teach about Sex Education.  These sites may be of interest to you:  

Relationship & Sex Education ( (CofE)