RSE framework for pupils with SEND and/or additional needs

RSE framework and resources for pupils with SEND and/or additional needs

Oxfordshire Relationships Education (PRIMARY and SECONDARY) and Sex Education (SECONDARY) framework for pupils with SEND and/or additional needs

This framework was developed using the Department for Education’s guidance on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (June 2019), and should be used alongside the guidance. The DfE guidance refers to the need to make materials accessible for all pupils including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and this framework aims to support all schools in doing this. The guidance also states that schools should ensure that education about LGBT matters are fully integrated into their programmes of study rather than delivered as stand-alone units.   

The RSE framework for pupils with SEND and/or vulnerabilities and resources are managed by the RSE Task and Finish Group which was established in February 2020 to specifically consider and address the safeguarding needs of young people with vulnerabilities (e.g. high functioning autism, mild / moderate learning disabilities, ADHD, attachment disorders, etc.).  The group comprises of representative members from Learner Engagement Services, SENSS, Education Psychology, Children’s Social Care, LCSS and Schools (Primary, Secondary, Special, Virtual Schools for LAC and Independent).  This group is accountable to the OSCB Safeguarding in Education Sub-Group and meets annually or as needed to review/update the framework and resources.

The multi-agency group make reasonable efforts to ensure the content of this framework and the linked resources/websites are appropriate. Inclusion of any resource/weblink does not imply endorsement or approval by OCC of the linked resource/website, its operator or its content nor is OCC responsible for what educational settings teach and the content/resources/webpages educational settings choose to use/adapt from this framework.

The original framework and resources were co-produced by Jo Brown, Anti-Bullying Co-ordinator for Oxfordshire County Council; Joe Butler at SEND Support (Special Educational Needs and Disability Consultancy and Training); Russell Chinnery, Iffley Academy; Zoe Dobson, Springfield School; Lyndsey Jenkins & Anne Peake, Woodeaton Manor; Amanda Makoka, Mabel Prichard School; Alexandra Miller, Fitzwaryn School and Esther Palmer, Frank Wise School. 

Preview the online training delivered on 12 October 2020 by Clare Pike (Lead for Learner Engagement) and Lucy Wawrzyniak (Headteacher of Mabel Prichard School) on the RSE framework and resources.

Please contact if you have any suggestions for further resources or activities that could be added.  

Resources folder

See below for recommended resources, links and example activities set around key safeguarding themes.  

Theme 1: Respectful Relationships

Theme 2: Different Families

Theme 3: LGBT-Inclusion

Theme 4: Protective Behaviours, Conflict Resolution and Assertiveness

Theme 5: Appropriate and Inappropriate Touch

Theme 6: Consent

Theme 7: Assessing Risk

Theme 8: Online Safety

Want to add anything to this page?

If you would like to be involved in sharing resources and ideas across schools, please e-mail Lead for Learner Engagement at Oxfordshire County Council.

Record managed by OSCB RSE Task and Finish Group