To support you in designing your SRE curriculum this section
helps you consider what to include in SRE and how to
structure your programme. View the sample scheme of work
and resource lists to support lesson planning.
What to include in SRE
We have developed a set of questions to help parents, carers,
schools and other educators understand what children and young
people want to learn about in relation to growing up, relationships
and sex from ages 3-19 organised by age:
Age 16 and above
We also recommend consulting pupils to ensure the curriculum meets
their particular needs. Pupils can help to prioritise which
questions they want to explore in curriculum time. Prioritising
will help if there is insufficient time to cover everything and may
be particularly helpful in planning for SRE with young people aged
16 and above.
Schemes of work and lesson outlines
A 'scheme of work' for SRE provides an overview of what will be
covered over the course of each year. It is often organised into
individual lessons or sessions. The scheme of work can
help present the 'big picture' of what concepts and
topics will be introduced year by year.
A sample scheme of work is available as an example. A table of
session titles is given for each year. You can then follow the
links to see lesson outlines and links to suggested
Primary and early years scheme of
Secondary and 16+ scheme of
This is an updated version of the scheme of work first
published in the Government Office for London SRE Core
Curriculum in 2009.
Well chosen resources can enrich the teaching and learning of SRE.
To help you find out what resources are available we have
produced a series of downloadable resource lists, organised in four
Further education [PDF 349KB]
needs & Disability [PDF 270KB]
and carers [PDF 227KB]
The Sex Education Forum advises professionals, parents and
carers to make their own choices about which resources to use.
The questions below provide some guidance on choosing and
using a resource that will contribute to good quality sex and
Choosing a resource
Is the resource consistent with the values set out in the school
Is it factually correct and up-to-date?
Does it encourage active and participatory learning?
Is the resource contemporary in terms of the realities of
children and young people's lives?
Does the resource portray positive images of a range of children
and young people?
Does the resource show positive role models for girls and boys /
women and men and avoid stereotypes relating to gender and sexual
Is the resource inclusive on the basis of home and family
circumstance, gender, sexuality, race, faith, culture and
Is it appropriate for the age, ability and maturity of the
children and young people?
Have resources been evaluated by children and young people and
feedback acted upon?
Have parents and carers been consulted about
Are teachers confident about using the resource?
Using a resource
Will the resource be used in its entirety or will it be more
appropriate to adapt it and select from it?
Does use of the resource fit into a planned and developmental
programme of SRE?
Is there a range of types of resource being used across the SRE
programme including a variety of formats such as video, audio,
visual, games, and models?
More information on planning
and delivering SRE