Government announcement on Sex and Relationship Education and PSHE

Government announcement on Sex and Relationship Education and PSHE

Government announcement on Sex and Relationship Education and PSHE

14 Mar 2017

The DfE have recently produced a policy statement with information about the government’s intention to make

  • Relationships Education statutory in all primary schools (maintained, academies, independent)
  • Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) statutory in all secondary schools (maintained, academies, independent)
  • and, subject to the outcome of a consultation, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) statutory in all primary and secondary schools (maintained, academies, independent)

    Key aspects from the policy statement

  • The subjects would be made part of the basic school curriculum and schools will have flexibility in developing their planned programme.
  • Relationships Education and RSE will be age-appropriate and likely to cover:

    -different types of relationships, including friendships, family relationships, dealing with strangers and, at secondary school, intimate relationships;

    -how to recognise, understand and build healthy relationships, including self-respect and respect for others, commitment, tolerance, boundaries and consent, and how to manage conflict and also how to recognise unhealthy relationships;

    -how relationships may affect health and wellbeing, including mental health;

    -healthy relationships and safety online;

    -factual knowledge, at secondary school, around sex, sexual health and sexuality, set firmly within the context of relationships.

  • Parents will continue to have the right to withdraw their child from sex education within RSE but not from sex education in the science National Curriculum and not from relationships education at primary.
  • There will be new statutory guidance which will set out what pupils are taught
  • Schools will need to publish and make available a policy on Relationships Education in primary and RSE in secondary
  • There will be consultation in Autumn 2017, statutory guidance in early 2018 and implementation from September 2019.

Camden’s Health and Wellbeing Team will be providing advice, guidance and support to help schools build on what is already being taught and prepare for these changes.

For more information contact

DfE Policy Statement about RSE and PSHE


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