Statutory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

In June 2019 the DfE published the final guidance on relationships education (primary) relationships and sex education (secondary) and health education (primary and secondary).

From Sept 2020 the DfE is publishing additional, non-statutory guidance and training modules to help schools plan their relationships, sex and health curriculum.

The new curriculum is mandatory from September 2020, although in June 2020 the DfE announced that schools can work towards full implementation by summer term 2021, if they need extra time.    

In February 2021 the DfE said: "Some schools may choose to focus this year’s RSHE teaching on the immediate needs of their pupils, introducing a more comprehensive RSHE programme in September 2021.

Teaching in the 2021/22 academic year should seek to address any gaps in pupils’ RSHE education this year."  

Watch a recording of the DfE webinar for schools on 7 July on delivering the new RSHE curriculum for pupils with SEND, including supporting their mental wellbeing 

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (DfE, 2019)  

Parental engagement on relationships education (DfE, 2019)

Free Support from the South West RSE Hub is also available.

Guides from the Sex Education Forum:

Resources from the PSHE Association 

Stonewall (new - 2021)