Ahead of SecEd’s Delivering Statutory RSE conference in January, expert Adele Bates – who will be leading two workshops at the event – looks at how we should be including LGBT+ in the new curriculum and signposts to some useful resources

LGBT+ relationships and sexual health education will now become part of the elements taught in the new compulsory relationships and sex education (RSE) in schools in England from 2020.

Exactly how this should be taught and when are determined by schools, age-groups and settings – however the over-riding message in the Department for Education’s statutory guidance is clear: “We expect all pupils to have been taught LGBT content at a timely point as part of this area of the curriculum.” (DfE, June 2019)

The main point of guidance on how to deliver this is that: “They should ensure that this content (LGBT+ RSE) is fully integrated into their programmes of study for this area of the curriculum rather than delivered as a standalone unit or lesson.”

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