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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.    

Watch a recording of the DfE webinar for schools on 7 July on delivering the new RSHE curriculum for pupils with SEND, including supporting their mental wellbeing 


Free support is also now available from the South West RSHE hub 

A range of local recorded and live PSHE CPD can be found here 

Useful tools 

Guides from the Sex Education Forum:

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