Relationships and Sexuality Education

Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE)

Relationships and Sexuality Education Progression Framework

RSE helps children and young people acquire age-appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills, and develop attitudes, beliefs and values about relationships, sexual identity and intimacy.

Effective RSE, which is taught in a sensitive and inclusive manner, encourages children and young people to value themselves as individuals and to make responsible and well-informed decisions about their lives.

Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) is a statutory part of the curriculum under the following Areas of Learning:

The RSE Progression Framework provides a non-statutory progression pathway in RSE from the Foundation Stage to post-16. It shows how the different themes cover the following priority areas of RSE:

Further support is available in our primary and post-primary RSE guidance for schools.