Secondary Schools

Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP)

The national resource for  RSHP provides a comprehensive set of learning activities for use in early learning settings, primary and secondary schools, colleges and in community-based learning. The resource is structured in line with Curriculum for Excellence Levels.

Children and young people do not just learn in formal settings, they also learn at home and so the RSHP resource makes that connection by recognising the role of parents and carers as the child’s first and lifelong educator. Many of the learning activities provided in the resource have information that can be shared with home, there are also book lists to be shared, and information leaflets that educators can use to communicate about RSHP learning at different Levels.

The resource can be used to support the delivery of RSHP lessons in mainstream and specialist settings and in non-denominational and denominational schools.


Health Relationships and Consent

The key messages on healthy relationships and consent have been developed as part of the Scottish Government’s work on supporting positive relationships and sexual wellbeing in young people. The messages set out that relationships should be mutually respectful, consensual, positive, healthy and enjoyable. They are applicable to all romantic relationships – from those that are about holding hands to those where young people are sexually active, regardless of whether they are in same sex or mixed sex relationships.

The messages are intended for professionals who work with young people (described here as being secondary age to young adult) using their own professional judgement to determine when the messages are age and stage appropriate for the young person or people with whom they are working.

Resource: Consent and Sexual Activity

Here are some links to short animated films that help to explain consent and sexual activity.  It may be useful to view the films to determine which is the most appropriate for the young people in your group/class.

Tea and Consent - a short film (3minutes) that uses the idea of making tea, offering someone tea and drinking tea to expalin the concept of consent and sexual activity.

Ping Pong - a short film (1 minute 30) that uses playing ping pong as an analogy for having sex.

Cycling through consent - a short Canadian film (3 minutes 47) that uses analogy for having sex. 

 Sexting, consent, relationship abuse, rape and porn- New Government site providing information and useful video clips.

 Resource: So what is a Vulva anyway?

Some people say vagina when they are actually talking about their vulva which is fine, but it’s a really good idea to know the proper names to avoid confusion.

This booklet is designed for young people and covers a range of information about what are normal, changes during puberty, naming and identifying the different parts of the Vulva. There is also a brief mention of what is ‘normal’ in comparison to what might be represented in porn.

 Resource: Animation clip of the stages of birth

This short animation  was developed to provide information for expectant parents on what happens  during the stages of labour. The sequence may be useful to show what happens during labour and how a baby is born. The voiceover may be less useful in a school setting,  but could be used with the volume muted.

Visit a Young Persons Clinic

A short film is available that shows a young person's experience of first visiting a sexual health clinic. This film can be used with 'Sexual Health: getting advice and support' lesson from level 3/4 of the national RSHP resource. This film is available to download here or  from the home page of this website.

SOS Lesson - Download Powerpoint Presentation & Educators Notes to use with the clinic film.

Alternatively you can use this 30 minute video lesson, narrated by one of our clinic staff.

It is advisable to stop the video at various point to allow for class engagement (for example 'How many different types of contraception can you name?'.   


Supporting Transgender Young People - Guidance for Schools in Scotland

More young people feel confident to ‘come out’ to their friends and families as transgender at a younger age. This is a positive step forward as it allows them to discuss their feelings and access support when it’s most needed. It does, however, have clear implications for school environments, with teachers telling us that they often lack knowledge and confidence in this area.

This guidance will support teachers to ensure that all transgender and non-binary children and young people are safe, supported and included in their schools.

 Resources developed by Stonewall to support schools celebrate difference and challenge homophobia.  Resources for primary and secondary schools.

HIV information and World AIDS Day

 National AIDS Trust -    Downloadable lesson plans and teachers notes including powers point slides that can be (updated) for individual class lessons and assemblies. Statistics, facts and myths, global impact of HIV etc

 Waverley Care -  

Always Hear resource for secondary schools provides basic facts and myths about HIV and information that everyone ought to know.  Hear real people's stories and learn about how one of the greatest challenges of being HIV positive is facing HIV stigma. Provides resource packs of HIV facts and outlines links to Curriculum for Excellence.


NHS Forth Valley Condom Distribution Guidance 

 This protocol is for workers from agencies and organisations operating as distribution outlets for the NHS Forth Valley free condom distribution scheme. It seeks to support non-clinical staff with a sexual health improvement remit whose role may include the distribution of condoms.

Abortion Services in Forth Valley

Information for young people about abortion and abortion services locally.
This short film explains what happens when you chose to have an abortion in NHS Forth Valley. The factsheet provides specific local information and a bit more detail that we couldn't fit in the film.

Preventing and Managing Harmful Sexual Behaviour Guidelines

These guidelines have been produced as a response to the sexual health needs of young people in Forth Valley.  Whilst some sexualised behaviour can be a natural healthy part of growing up, some children and young people may develop inappropriate/problematic habits or display harmful sexual behaviour.

These guidelines have been developed to create a consistency in approach amongst all school staff, which in turn creates a shared understanding of preventing and managing harmful sexual behaviour.

Short presentation on  Managing Sexualised Behaviour

Children and Young People who are looked after

Guidance for staff & carers in Forth Valley,who work with children and young people who are looked after  including Care Leavers and those with Disabilities. This document supports Sexual Health, Relationships and Parenthood (RSHP) information and education for all young people.

It provides guidance and a reference tool for carers and practitioners of looked after children and care leavers, including young people with a learning disability, that they might better support these children.

Meeting the needs of young parents in Clackmannanshire

 Guidance for schools, to enable staff to offer consistent support to young women who are pregnant in school (Clackmannanshire Council)


Young People, Relationships and Pornography

A set of 4 lesson plans exploring sexual images, healthy relationships, attitudes and pornography. Designed and developed by Fife's Violence Against Women Partnership.programme for Fife schools. Aimed at S3 but can be used in other year groups.

For further information or free training on how to use the lesson plans, please contact Joanne Barrie

 Pornography lesson plans - contents


Lesson 1

Sex, gender and stereotypes in the media 

Sex definition

Gender definition

Stereotype definition

Range of Adverts

Critical Questions List

Additional sexist adverts


Lesson 2

What is pornography?

Pornography definition

Porn Industry discussion information sheet

Young People stats information sheet

Pornography Quiz and discussion sheet

What is Pornography Presentation

Lesson 3

Pornography and relationships

Discussion cards

Scenario cards

Healthy Sex/Porn Sex laminates

Pornography and Relationships Presentation

Lesson 4

The Harms of Pornography -  Assessment

 Debate Topic Sheet

'Agree' laminate

'Disagree' laminate

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