Sandyford Staff Develop New Teaching Resource for Scotland

Published: | Health Improvement, Sexual Health

On behalf of a national partnership, the Health Improvement Team within Sandyford Sexual Health Services commissioned and led the development of the new national Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP) online teaching and learning resource.

This new resource is now available at and represents a watershed in Scottish education for Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP).  For the first time Scotland has a progressive and coherent resource from age three to 18 that presents learning in an age and stage, developmentally appropriate way.

It provides a comprehensive set of learning activities for teaching staff in all schools and early years establishments, as well as informal learning settings. The resource will assist with the delivery of high quality, up-to-date and engaging age and stage appropriate RSHP education for children and young people across the entire three to 18 year old age range of Curriculum for Excellence. This new resource is also designed to be inclusive for learners with mild to moderate additional support for learning needs. 

Funded and developed by a partnership of local authorities and health boards, with advice from Education Scotland and the Scottish Government, the resource has drawn together and updated the best RSHP learning activities being delivered in Scotland and compliments these with a new set of activities designed to cover existing gaps. The resource’s content will be updated on a regular basis to ensure it continues to meet the changing learning needs of children and young people in today’s society. 

Elaine McCormack, Health Improvement Lead, Sandyford said: “I am really proud to have led the development of this incredible resource. Through consultation, we listened to what young people told us were issues for them and so we can be confident that the content reflects contemporary life in Scotland for children and young people.

The resource is online and that allows us to ensure that the content stays current enough to reflect and meet the needs of children and young people aged three to18.  It also means that parents and carers have direct access to the resource and we have information specifically for them to support them in having these conversations at home.”

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