RSE and Drugs Ed in School

find out what lessons your child is getting on relationship and sex at school

Find out about lesson content on Relationship and Sex at your child's school

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) aims to give children and young people with the information, skills and values they need to have safe, fulfilling and enjoyable relationships and to take responsibility for their sexual health and well-being including reducing unprotected and unwanted sex. Young people who have RSE are more likely to choose to have sex for the first time later. There is no evidence that RSE means that young people have sex earlier.

Standard RSE lessons have been provided to secondary and primary schools in Coventry.  Children and young people are encouraged to talk to their parents/carers. The following is a guide to support parents to understand what their children/young people may be learning as they go through school. 

Relationships and Sex Education - Primary
Relationships and Sex Education - Secondary
Drug and Alcohol Education - Secondary


Primary school

These lesson plans are for guidance only:

Year 1                                   

  • Myself and Others – to start to value individuality and recognise their gifts and talents.
  • Family – to be able to describe their family and understand why families are special. Relationships – to describe what a friend is and demonstrate some of the skills needed to make friends.
  • Choices – to understand that they have choices and these will be affected by different factors.
  • Keeping Clean – know how to keep clean and look after oneself.

Year 2

  • Differences – Boys and Girls – to introduce the concept of male/female gender stereotypes. To identify the differences between male and female babies.
  • Differences – Males and females – to explore some of the differences between males and females and to understand how this is part of the lifecycle.
  • Naming body parts – describing the physical similarities and differences between male and female body parts.
  • Everybody needs caring for – to recognise that everyone needs caring for and ways in which this is done.
  • Looking after the body – recognise the importance of keeping clean.


Year 3

  • Differences: Males and Females – name body parts using agreed terms.ie penis, vagina
  • Personal space – to consider touch and know that a person has the right to say what they like and dislike.
  • Family Differences – to understand that all families are different.
  • Decision making – to know the processes involved in making a decision.


Year 4

  • Growing and changing – to explore the human lifecycle and describe the body changes that happen as a child grows up.
  • Body changes and reproduction – to know what happens during puberty and why it happens. Identify some basic facts about pregnancy.
  • What is puberty? – to know that each person experiences changes in puberty differently.
  • Assertiveness – to be able to express their opinion and understand what peer pressure is.


Year 5

  • Talking about puberty – to be able to ask questions about puberty with confidence and understand the emotional changes that happen during puberty.
  • Male and female changes – how to manage the physical and emotional changes.
  • Sexuality – What do the words mean? – pupils aware of and respect all types of sexuality.
  • Puberty and hygiene.


Year 6

  • Puberty and reproduction – to reinforce previous learning.
  • Relationships and reproduction – to explore reproduction (NB DVD shown includes cartoon animation of sexual intercourse.)
  • Conception and pregnancy – to look at the process of conception and pregnancy.
  • Being a parent - to consider the role of being a parent and its responsibilities.


Secondary School

In year 7 young people will learn about:

  • The physical changes that occur during puberty.
  • The links between puberty and reproduction.
  • The emotional changes that occur during puberty and how to manage their feelings during this time.
  • Developing positive relationships


In year 8 young people will:

  • Go over the work they have done previously in relationship and sex education.
  • Address some common myths and misunderstandings about relationships and sex.
  • Consider different types of relationships.
  • Understand laws relating to young people and sexual health.
  • Learn skills to talk about relationships and sex.
  • Understand how to protect their sexual health and prevent unplanned pregnancy
  • Identify agencies that can support and advise young people


In Year 9 young people will:

Think about some of the influences that can impact on the decisions young people make about their relationships and their sexual health including:

  • peer pressure
  • pressure from a partner
  • media influence
  • alcohol and drugs
  • Discuss the R U Ready messages. Consider the possible consequences of unprotected sex i.e. sexually transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancy and emotional impact.
  • Practise skills to recognise and respond appropriately to pressure.
  • Learn about decision making and managing risk.
  • Learn about contraceptive methods.
  • Identify agencies that can support and advise young people around relationships and sex


In year 10 young people will:

  • Think about values and attitudes towards relatinships and sex and what is meant by 'sexuality'
  • Further discuss relationships including what makes a positive relationship.
  • Consider and debate choices relating to abortion.
  • Understand the facts about HIV transmission and the impact of living with HIV


 In year 11 young people will:

Go over their previous learning about sexual health including contraception and sexually transmitted infections.
Recap on their knowledge of sexual health support services for young people.
Consider the possible impact of being a young parent including the physical, emotional and financial implications.

Drugs and Alcohol Education in Secondary Schools

The Government expects schools to prevent alcohol and drug misuse as part of the pastoral responsibility to pupils. This includes the provision of accurate information via drug and alcohol education and a specific responsibility on School Governors to provide for the health and wellbeing of pupils.

However, drugs and alcohol education is not compulsory, areas taught, how they are taught and number of lessons provided will all be at the discretion of your child's school and their Governors.

The following is a 'curriculum overview' of a Secondary school drugs and alcohol education programme that has been made available to Coventry Schools by the City Council. Your child / young person's school may or may not have decided to include these topics in their provision.

Year 7       Legal and illegal drugs, Cannabis, Volatile Substances (gases, glues, solvents)

Year 8       Situations involving drugs, physical emotional and social effects of drugs, managing drug related situations

Year 9       Exploring views about drugs, the law, binge drinking.

Year 10      Consequences, choices and sexual health

Year 11      Impact on adult life; Influences on behaviour, society and personal relationships.

NB. Contact the school directly for specific details of how you can support drug and alcohol education for your child or young person.

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