Statutory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education
- In June 2019 the DfE published the final guidance on relationships education (primary) relationships and sex education (secondary) and health education (primary and secondary).
- From Sept 2020 the DfE is publishing additional, non-statutory guidance and training modules to help schools plan their relationships, sex and health curriculum.
The new curriculum is mandatory from September 2020, although in June 2020 the DfE announced that schools can work towards full implementation by summer term 2021, if they need extra time.
In February 2021 the DfE said: "Some schools may choose to focus this year’s RSHE teaching on the immediate needs of their pupils, introducing a more comprehensive RSHE programme in September 2021. Teaching in the 2021/22 academic year should seek to address any gaps in pupils’ RSHE education this year."
A number of Wiltshire schools committed to putting the new elements in place during 2019 by joining the DfE's RSHE early adopter school programme.
During July 2020, five online briefings were held for Wiltshire schools to share information and progress. A summary of the information is available here.
- Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (DfE, 2019)
- Parental engagement on relationships education (DfE, 2019)
Guides from the Sex Education Forum:
- Roadmap to statutory RSE
- Quiz: How ready for statutory RSE are you?
- Definitions of content covered in Relationships and Sex Education and Science (for members or £5.99)
Surrey Healthy Schools have made available
Resources from the PSHE Association
RSHE for Church of England Schools
Lesson plans and videos from the South East and South London Area
Following the publication of their guidance, the DfE has also published two short guides for parents of primary and secondary age pupils that schools can use to communicate with them about teaching relationships and health education.
Resources shared with Early Adopter schools
Faith Positive RSHE from the CofE Education Office
Implementation in your secondary school from the PSHE Association
LGBT inclusive RSE from Stonewall
Relationships and mental health from Place 2 Be
Steps to implementation in primary schools PowerPoint from DfE
Further resources to support the planning and delivery of RSE can be found here.