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PSHE: Preparing for RSE and health education

Government commitments to RSE and health education will help schools prioritise PSHE and build on what they are already doing well. Jenny Barksfield advises on getting PSHE ready for these new mandatory subjects

What are the new statutory requirements regarding the health education and RSE (relationships and sex education) aspects of PSHE?

The government confirmed in July that it will be compulsory for all schools (including academies, free and independent schools) to teach the health education and RSE aspects of PSHE education from September 2020.

The commitment to health education joins last year’s commitments to statutory RSE in all secondary schools, and mandatory relationships education in all primary schools.

Draft statutory guidance was also published in July, providing an overview of what the Department for Education (DfE) proposes should be covered. The guidance is open for consultation until November, and will be finalised following subsequent debate in Parliament (see further information).

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