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On 25th June 2019, the DfE published the final statutory guidance on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (RSHE). This guidance reflected the consultation in 2018, and covers a range of issues to make sure education prepares young people for life in 21st Century.

PSHE education is the vehicle through which schools can deliver the curriculum.

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (Statutory guidance for governing bodies, proprietors, head teachers, principals, senior leadership teams, teachers)

 

The DfE released information about the expectations on teaching the requirements set out in the guidance. Communication to schools on the implementation of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education

Following disruption to schools as a result of the pandemic, the Department has been working to assess the immediate and long term impact of coronavirus on education delivery, including the implications on a school’s ability to discharge their duty relating to the implementation of these subjects.  

The Department remains committed to supporting all schools in their preparations to deliver these subjects. In light of these circumstances, the Department wants to reassure schools that they have flexibility over how they discharge their duty within the first year of compulsory teaching.  From 1 September 2020, Relationships Education, Health Education, and Relationships and Sex Education will still be compulsory. However:

From 1 September 2020 to the end of the Spring term 2021 

Following an assessment of preparedness, schools should commence teaching as soon as practically possible or use the time to prepare to deliver the new curriculum. This includes engaging parents on their policy as well as planning their curriculum provision.

By the start of the Summer term 2021

All schools should have begun teaching the subjects.

 

You will find a wealth of helpful websites and resources to support your delivery of RSHE, and the wider PSHE curriculum, on the 'useful links' button.