DfE message about RSHE. February 2021

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

In summary:

  • 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.
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