RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)
The Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education
The Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education
(England) Regulations 2019, made under sections 34 and 35 of the Children and Social
Work Act 2017, make Relationships Education compulsory for all pupils receiving
primary education and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) compulsory for all
pupils receiving secondary education. They also make Health Education compulsory
in all schools except independent schools. Personal, Social, Health and Economic
Education (PSHE) continues to be compulsory in independent schools.
This means that all children will be required to receive Relationships Education in Primary
and Secondary School. For all schools, Sex Education as part of the science curriculum
remains the same.
Sex Education as part of RSE for primary is not compulsory, however
schools may choose to deliver this as part of a timetabled PSHE programme.
These changes have begun to come into effect from September 2020 and all schools will be
required to comply with the updated requirements.