Spectrum’s Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) team provide lessons to young people across Wakefield, Barnsley, Wigan and Leigh. Read on to find out how we can support your school, learn about our Programme and see testimonials. Get in touch with us via RSE-Team@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk. 

How can we support RSE in your school?

Supporting RSE Policy Development

Spectrum has substantial experience in developing and reviewing RSE/PSHE policies. Since RSE became mandatory in September 2020, we have been helping schools to develop their provision and are more than happy to support you in any of this work.

Events for Parents

Engaging with parents is an important part of promoting RSE and Spectrum has consistently worked to engage with parents, carers and community leaders. If you need support to engage with parents, take a look at our advice for parents and guardians or get in touch with our team at RSE-Team@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk. 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.

Assessing RSE

In a world where we need to record progress, how can you measure RSE effectively? There are many ways to do this, from knowledge tests (assessing pupils on what they know before and after Programmes) to exercises which encourage reflection and invite young people to explore their own perceptions of RSE. 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

Develop ‘ground rules’ for your classroom

As a subject, RSE can be tricky for teachers and students. By developing a a classroom agreement and setting some ground rules in place, you can keep your lessons on track, reduce these worries and keep everyone safe. It also allows the learners to start to think about negotiation and boundaries before the lesson has even begun.

For example, a ground rule might be “No personal questions”. For many young people, their worst fear is that they will be asked direct questions about RSE or expected to listen to adults’ own experiences. It is important to stress that all questions to be asked in the third person, eg. “what would happen if…?”, rather than relating personal stories. This:

  • Allows young people to be involved, whilst not having to ask or answer direct questions
  • Creates a safe environment for peer discussions
  • Maintains confidentiality

Be confident

Remember, you are the expert in the room and will know more that the students. Take a look at our tips for building confidence in the classroom and remember that it’s okay to say ‘I don’t know’ and come next week. Lots of advice is available through our RSE Blog Zone and you can also contact RSE-Team@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk and ask the question there.

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

School Testimonials 

Parent Testimonials