PSHE Association
Quality Assured Relationships Resource

Fastn has delivered a brand-new quality assured lesson plan to support the inclusive delivery of statutory Relationships and Sex Education, featuring chart-topping rapper Nick Brewer. The resource is built around Nicks' poem (below), where he reflects on commitment to his younger self. Nick was nominated for a Best Newcomer MOBO Award in 2015 and has charted with the single Talk to Me.

The lesson plan, which is inclusive in its approach to family relationships, has been quality assured by the PSHE Association.  The new resource is designed to support educationalists teaching the new statutory Relationships and Sex Education curriculum at Key Stage 3, for 11-14-year-olds.

Students use case-study worksheets to reflect on the commitments they want to make to themselves and others, why and what benefits to their relationships could flow from doing so.  You can download the full resource as one single document here. If you prefer, you can also download the documents as individual papers at these links.

Poem Transcript
Teaching Guidance
Lesson Plan Slides
Case Studies Worksheet
My Commitments Worksheet

(Full package in one document)

This vital new resource meets the ten principles of effective PSHE education set out by the PSHE Association. The PSHE Association Quality Mark is granted to resources that undergo a rigorous process of quality assurance and meet best practice principles, including that they support a safe and supportive learning environment, build on prior learning and take a positive approach.  This resource ties very closely with the 12 Principles of Excellence in Relationships Education resource which you can download here.

Nick Brewer

Rapper Nick Brewer released a new poem recently to inspire young people to think about their relationships and the commitment they need to thrive in life. The UK rapper and spoken word artist, who had a top 20 hit in 2015, is reflecting on what commitment means to him and encouraging others to do the same. This poem and video can be used as a resource to inspire people to think about what commitment means to them and find creative ways to express themselves.

RSE Case Studies

Children’s interactions with those around them literally shape the way their brains grow. Childhood is when our brains are at their busiest; when the foundations are put in place. It’s a vital period of development.

Researchers have shown that developing positive relationship skills when the brain is at its most flexible can boost a host of outcomes, including academic performance, employment, both physical and mental health, the ability to manage stress and conflict, and the opportunity to have fulfilling relationships throughout life.  

We have worked with Northcott School in Hull, Wood Farm primary school Oxford, Mounts Bay Academy in Cornwall, Shropshire County Council, St John’s Catholic Primary School, in Shropshire, Highgate School, Bankside Primary School in Leeds, Explore, XP Academy, Relate and a host of others to explore what great Relationship Education looks like.

Click on the links above to download the Case Studies.

Principles of excellence in relationships education

Over the past six months, we have been collaborating with a group of relationships organisations and practising educators to identify what excellence in relationships education is. 

We have worked with a wide selection of relationship charities and as a collective, we have created a set of principles to help guide educators to adjust to the government requirements in a way that embraces the importance of relationships.

You can download that document here

Experiencing healthy relationships through sport

FASTN have collaborated with Sport Birmingham and Birmingham City University on a project to understand how mentoring and sports activities can help young people learn about relationships. 

The M.A.D programme is run by Sport Birmingham and provides mentoring and activities for young people at risk of, or already in, exclusion from mainstream schooling.

Birmingham City University interviewed the participants of this programme to better understand the relationship skills and understanding they had gained from the programme.   The learning from this project has been distilled into a useful document, Experiencing Healthy Relationships Through Sport can be downloaded here