New requirements for Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

    Published: 27 September 2019

    The Department for Education is introducing compulsory Relationships Education for primary pupils and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for secondary pupils from September 2020. Also, from September 2020 it will be compulsory for all schools to teach Health Education.

    Talking about the new requirements, Karin Hutchinson, Lead Wellbeing Adviser at Herts for Learning (HfL), said:

    “HfL is delighted that after 30 years of lobbying the government has established core elements of PSHE that will be mandatory and have full subject status. Although it is not mandatory until September 2020, by then the curriculum should be embedded and inspection ready. The DfE is quite rightly encouraging schools to use the academic year 2019/20 to transition.
    We recommend that schools start their journey to deliver the RSE curriculum by understanding the key facts of the guidance.  It is important to share information with parents and take them on this journey with you to help build their confidence. In spite of some news coverage, remarkably little has changed in terms of parents rights until the age of 15.”

    HfL provide support to schools and academies for all aspects of PSHE, including meeting the new requirements for Relationships, Sex and Health Education. This crucially enables school staff to develop PSHE as a whole-school improvement strategy.  We can offer PSHE support for all phases for both pupils and staff. 

    Find out more about our range of specially devised training courses and consultancy services to help schools make the transition, starting this term:

    Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), and Health Education

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