Updated Planning Framework

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The updated version of the framework will help colleagues to deliver a comprehensive PSHE scheme that covers the new statutory content, with learning outcomes adapted to to support learners' level of understanding. The new edition will continue to include the broader (and vital) content of economic wellbeing, careers and enterprise education as well as education for personal safety, including assessing and managing risk.


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Video Webinar from the DfE


'Relationships, Sex and Health Education for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities'.





  • 00:55: Introduction from conference Chair Rob Simpson, Department for Education (DfE)
  • 02:55: Overview of statutory Relationships Education, RSE & Health Education requirements – DfE education advisor Ian Baulkham
  • 29:50: Mental wellbeing for pupils with SEND – Professor Barry Carpenter, Oxford Brookes University
  • 1:08:35: Relationships and Sex Education for pupils with SEND – Rachel Baker and Lucy Emmerson,  Sex Education Forum
  • 1:32:35: PSHE through a SEND lens, introducing the SEND Planning Framework – Jenny Fox and Karen Summers, PSHE Association
  • 1:59:50: Closing remarks

Case studies

case studies icon with 4 images of different teachers & pupils with SEND


Our Planning Framework is now in its 3rd year. During this time, colleagues have used it in various ways to support the specific needs of their pupils and settings. Our new case studies were developed following a series of phone-interviews with some of our members, and explore how they've used Planning Framework — for planning, assessing and target-setting — in their curriculums.


Read the case studies

Useful links, news & resources


  • Article: "Disabled People Are Sexual Citizens Too”: Supporting Sexual Identity, Well-being, and Safety for Disabled Young People


    Sonali Shah from the Centre for Disability Research at the University of Glasgow considers how societal misconceptions of disabled bodies being non-normative, other, or deviant has shaped a negative construction of disabled people's sexuality — getting in the way of their right to have control over, choices about, and access to their sexuality, sexual expression, and fulfilling relationships throughout their lives.

    Read the full article 
  • Ofsted: 'COVID-19 series: briefing on special educational needs and disabilities provision, November 2020'


    Ofsted has carried out a series of interim visits over the autumn term to gather information about how children’s education and physical and emotional health have been supported during the pandemic. You can read more about SEND pupils' experiences in mainstream primary and secondary schools in a separate briefing.

    View briefing 
  • BBC: 'Targeted: The truth about disability hate crime'


    A film about the routine aggression and abuse faced by disabled people in today's Britain, from verbal name-calling to violent physical attacks. Featuring a wide range of testimony from survivors.

    Broadcasting House have announced new commissions with a disability focus for 2021 as well as further opportunities to progress disabled talent and enhance representation of disabled people on and off air.

    See full programme 
  • Autistic racing driver takes on former F1 champion in virtual race


    21 year old Bobby Trundley, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of four, is a former multiple karting champion and now races for Team Brit — the drivers of which all have disabilities. He said virtual racing had helped with his mental health during the pandemic.

    Watch the full news story
  • Sex Education Forum — RSE for pupils with SEND (short guide)


    Developed in conjunction with Image in Action and Mencap, this guide is designed as a starting point for schools who want to review their RSE provision for pupils with SEND — to ensure accessibility and quality. It includes answers to frequently asked questions, practical top tips and provides signposting to further resources.

    Download the guide
  • ASDAN map our Planning Framework in their new guidance


    ASDAN have mapped their 'Exploring Aspirations pathways' to the different sections of our Planning Framework in the curriculum links section of their new Exploring Aspirations guidance and resources. See the table below and find out more from ASDAN here.

SEND CPD training & Subject Specialist support

Since the COVID-19 outbreak we've moved all of our CPD courses online, and colleagues can now access our Effective PSHE in Special Education Provision CPD and one-to-one support sessions in this format.


The course explores PSHE education through the lens of those teaching pupils with special educational needs, covering:


  • How colleagues can use PSHE to support SEND pupils to access the wider curriculum
  • Information about safe and effective resources and teaching and learning strategies
  • Tips and recommendations for using our Planning Framework for pupils with SEND
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Book your 30-minute 1-1 consultancy session on using and applying the revised PSHE Planning Framework for pupils with SEND, led by our experienced SEND PSHE specialist.


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90-minute regional webinars supporting schools and professionals to effectively deliver the new statutory Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) for pupils with SEND.


These webinars are ideal for PSHE leads, SENCOs, SLT and those with a responsibility for supporting the roll-out of the RSHE curriculum. Colleagues from both mainstream and special or alternative provision settings are welcome to attend, and each region will have a primary focused and a secondary focused webinar.


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Spotlight

  • All pupils have an individualized learning plan which includes PSHE learning objectives aligned to their EHCP

  • Every day we teach 20 mins of PSHE using Planning Framework

  • We use the SEND Planning Framework with additional ‘Zones of Regulation’ scheme