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Getting statutory RSE right for SEND students

Relationships and sex education is statutory from September 2020 for all pupils, including those with SEND. Adele Bates advises schools on how to ensure this group does not miss out on these vital lessons

In 2020, the government will make health education and relationships and sex education (RSE) compulsory, which makes most of the PSHE curriculum now mandatory for all pupils in all schools. This also applies to special schools, PRUs, alternative provision (APs) and for all pupils with SEND in mainstream schools.

This article opens the discussion on how we make the new RSE content appropriate and useful for our pupils with additional needs – as directed by the Ofsted Education Inspection Framework – and the importance of doing so.

Teaching young people about sex and relationships can be a daunting task for some teachers. It can trigger emotional experiences in themselves and, if they have not received adequate training, it can be a challenge to create a safe space where our young people can get the answers they need.

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