Relationships and Sexuality Education

RSE Webinar: Focus on Resources





RSE Teachers' Manuals 


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Hard copies of this resource can be purchased from Laois Education Centre

Junior & Senior Infants 1st & 2nd Classes 3rd & 4th Classes 5th & 6th Classes
Leagan Gaeilge

Oideachas Caidreamh & Gnéasachta

Naíonáin Shóisearacha & Naíonáin Shinsearacha 

Oideachas Caidreamh & Gnéasachta

Rang 1 & Rang 2

Oideachas Caidreamh & Gnéasachta

Rang 3 & Rang 4

Oideachas Caidreamh & Gnéasachta

Rang 5 & Rang 6




RSE Planning & Policy Resources

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*Updated* RSE Policy Guide 2022


Treoir Bheartais um Oideachas Caidrimh agus Gnéasachta do Bhunscoileanna Making the Links and Beyond (Revised 2017) Ag Cruthú na Naisc






Circular 0042/18 Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice  RSE Sensitive Grid for Teachers Sample Criteria for choosing SPHE resources
           3rd - 6th Class Teaching Resources

Female Body Outline

Male Body Outline

Female Reproductive System
Labelling Activity

Male Reproductive System
Labelling Activity

Female Reporductive System

Male Reproductive System


NEW RSE Teaching Resources

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Children aged 4-7 years old


Children aged 8-12 years old

The 'Making the Big Talk many small talks' is a new resource devleoped by the HSE to help parents and teachers talk to children about relationships and sexuality development. You can order multiple copies of this resource by clicking on the link below 

Tom's Power Flower

(English Language)

Bláth Chumhachtach Thomáis

(Leabhar agus Treoirlínte combined)

>>> Click here to order free copies of all the HSE resources <<<

>>>  Click here to access the Busy Bodies Videos <<<



*NEW Updated Busy Bodies- English *NEW Updated Busy Bodies- Gaeilge


Click here to access the Black and White version

RSE Resources 3rd- 6th 
UPDATED: Puberty Sorting Game - 3rd & 4th Classes  UPDATED: Puberty Sorting Game - 5th & 6th Classes


The Gestation Period is a resource created by Dr. Seline Keating (St. Patrick's College, DCU, Drumcondra). It is adapted from the Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) classroom materials


Resources for students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) 
RSE for students with SEN 
Differentiation template
Differentiation - Wonder of New Life - 4th class lesson
Wonder of New Life

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) run tailored courses for teachers regarding RSE for students with SEN. Click on the above NCSE logo for more information about their courses. 

Van Der Bilt Healthy Bodies Resource

A free, inclusive resource to support children with SEN as they begin to become aware of puberty. Useful for parents and teachers, the apppendices have resources for writing social stories and creating visual timetables. Click on the relevant picture to download this resource. 





Inclusive Relationships
RESPECT Guidelines Different Families, Same Love Being LGBT in School 
Sexual Orientation - DES Advice for Primary Schools  
Different Families Same Love Lesson Ideas

We All Belong

A resource utilising picture books to include the wide variety and backgrounds of all children and families in our school communities

All Together Now 

An Educational Awareness Programme on Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying in Primary Schools 


Gender Equality Matters is a resource for senior primary written by Dr. Seline Keating and Dr. Bernie Collins which tackles gender stereotyping, gender-based bullying and gender-based violence. Click on the image to access the resource


Supports for Schools in relation to Sexual Orientation


Transgender Equality Network Ireland


Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Young People in Ireland


INTO LGBT Teachers' Group



Resources for Communicating with Parent/Guardians

RSE - Going forward together: an introduction for parents

Leagan Gaeilge - Ag dul ar aghaidh le chéile

Sample Letter to Parents

RSE in Primary Schools - Tips for Parents




The purpose of this booklet is to provide you with suggested topics you might like to discuss with your child at particular ages. It signposts you to free library books that would be most beneficial to aid these discussions at home. All resources referenced in this booklet are available free to borrow through the public library network.


To download a copy of this resource click on the following link.


Treoirlínte Polasaí
RSE Research



At the request of the Minister of Education, the NCCA undertook a major review of RSE in primary and post-primary schools.

The review began in June 2018 and the NCCA published the final report in December 2019. The review gathered perspectives on the current RSE curriculum, the adopted approaches to the teaching and learning of RSE and RSE supports available.  Participation in the review was considerable and captured the voices of students, parents, teachers, school leaders, researchers and organisations.  

For further information including research, written submissions and an FAQ please visit