The new curriculum will be mandatory from September 2020. Schools are encouraged to adopt the new curriculum early from September 2019.

Documents

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

PDF, 578KB, 50 pages

Foreword by the Secretary of State

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About this guidance

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Introduction to requirements

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Relationships education (Primary)

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Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) (Secondary)

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Physical health and mental wellbeing (Primary and secondary)

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Delivery and teaching strategies

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Annex A: regulations for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

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Annex B: resources for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

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Annex C: cross government strategies for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

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Details

This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) issued under Section 80A of the Education Act 2002.

Schools must have regard to the guidance and, where they depart from those parts of the guidance which state that they should, or should not, do something, they will need to have good reasons for doing so.

This statutory guidance applies to all schools, and is for:

  • governing bodies of maintained schools (including schools with a sixth-form) and non-maintained special schools
  • trustees or directors of academies and free schools
  • proprietors of independent schools (including academies and free schools)
  • management committees of pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • teachers, other school staff and school nurses
  • headteachers, principals and senior leadership teams
  • diocese and other faith representatives
  • relevant local authority staff for reference

Schools that adopt the new curriculum early will still need to meet the current statutory requirements.

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Published 25 June 2019