Government policy announcement on statutory ‘relationships and sex education’

On the 7 March 2017, MPs in the House of Commons approved a Government amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill to make ‘relationships and sex education’ (RSE) compulsory in all secondary schools, to make ‘relationships education’ compulsory in all primary schools and to update the statutory guidance on RSE to come into effect from September 2019.

The new regulations will cover all primary and secondary schools, including academies, free schools and independent schools. The amendment also gives the Secretary of State for Education power to make personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education statutory, dependent on further consultation by the Department for Education. Click the link to access the announcement and full policy statement (including proposed timeline) and to see responses from key sexual health and public health organisations.

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