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The features of effective, high-quality RSE

Ahead of the deadline for entry to the 2021 Relationships and Sex Education Awards, Lucy Emmerson considers the features of effective, high-quality RSE provision in secondary schools

Implementing statutory relationships education, relationships and sex education and health education (RSHE) during a pandemic was never the plan. And yet it is getting close to a year since the statutory RSHE guidance (DfE, 2019) became mandatory in all schools in England and much progress has been made.

The law requires schools to provide some RSHE to all secondary-age pupils in the academic year 2020/21, but the development of a fully comprehensive programme will continue into the next academic year for many schools.

The breadth and depth of subject content introduced through the RSHE guidance has prompted many schools to make changes to timetabling and staffing, giving RSHE more teaching hours and improved status.

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