After the announcement that RSE will be made compulsory in all schools over a year ago (1 March 2017), the Department for Education (DfE) has now published the draft guidance (which was last updated in 2000) on what schools should teach.
Proposals state that all pupils will study compulsory Health Education as well as Relationships Education in Primary School and Relationships and Sex Education in Secondary School from September 2020.
So, what will be taught? Primary school pupils will be taught in an age appropriate way about healthy, positive relationships with family, friends and other relationships they are likely to come across. At Secondary School, pupils will build on what they have learnt in Primary and extend their learning to include intimate and sexual relationships as well as sexual health.
Both Primary and Secondary pupils will learn about online safety, covering things like how to keep personal information private, challenge harmful content and balance online and offline worlds.
Health Education will focus on good physical and mental health, teaching pupils not only about healthy eating and keeping fit but how to prevent health problems and build mental resilience and wellbeing. It will also help support pupils to develop qualities such as confidence, self-respect and self-control as well as ensuring children and young people learn to recognise when they or others are struggling with mental health and how to respond to it.
This is very positive news and an important milestone in the education world. With statutory RSE our children and young people will be equipped with the appropriate knowledge, skills and tools they need to stay safe, make informed choices and lead happy, healthy lives. This will, in turn provide improved outcomes and better futures for generations to come.
The consultation closes on Wednesday 7 November 2018 at 11:45pm and asks for views from parents, teachers and young people on the new subject guidance, including teaching about consent and cyberbullying. Responses to the consultation will help to improve the draft regulations and guidance before they are put to Parliament and published.
All views are important so don’t wait, have your say by taking part in the consultation here.