The National Curriculum states that ‘all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice'. PSHE education contributes to schools' statutory duties outlined in the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010 to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum and is essential to Ofsted judgements in relation to personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding.
The relationships education, relationship and sex education and health education RSE education will be compulsory in all schools from September 2020. Due to COVID, these will now be compulsory as from summer 2021.
What this guidance updates:
This guidance replaces the Sex and Relationship Education guidance (2000).
This guidance will be reviewed three years from first required teaching (September 2020) and every three years after that point.
The guidance should be read in conjunction with:
• Keeping Children Safe in Education (statutory guidance)
• Respectful School Communities: Self Review and Signposting Tool (a tool to support a whole school approach that promotes respect and discipline)
• Behaviour and Discipline in Schools (advice for schools, including advice for appropriate behaviour between pupils)
• Equality Act 2010 and schools
• SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years (statutory guidance)
• Alternative Provision (statutory guidance)
• Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools (advice for schools)
• Preventing and Tackling Bullying (advice for schools, including advice on cyberbullying)
• Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools (advice for schools)
• The Equality and Human Rights Commission Advice and Guidance (provides advice on avoiding discrimination in a variety of educational contexts)
• Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in schools (guidance for maintained schools on promoting basic important British values as part of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC)
• SMSC requirements for independent schools (guidance for independent schools on how they should support pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development).
A parent has a legal right to withdraw their child(ren) from all or part of any RSHE provided (but not from the biological aspects of human growth and reproduction necessary under the National Curriculum for science). We wish to work in partnership with all parents and strongly recommend that any parent considering this action discusses their concerns with the head teacher.