At this half-way point in the academic year, the Department for Education (DfE) has shared a new message about implementing RSHE. Statutory status officially began in September 2020, with expectations about full preparedness extended to summer 2021 to deal with the impact of Covid-19.
The Sex Education Forum have published a helpful statement and reproduced the full DfE update. Read it here
- Schools are required to publish a Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) policy and to consult parents on this.
- Digital consultation with parents could be delivered online and does not necessarily need to be in person.
- The law requires schools to provide some relationships, sex and health education to all secondary age pupils in the academic year 2020/21, and to provide some relationships and health education to all primary age pupils.
- Schools are encouraged, in the context of current circumstances, to pay particular attention to the importance of positive relationships, as well as mental and physical health.
- Teaching in the 2021/22 academic year should seek to address any gaps in pupils’ RSHE education this year.