Focus on sexuality and healthy relationships in new curriculum

PSHE Curriculum
​Healthy relationships and sexuality will form the cornerstone of sex education in the new curriculum for Wales, the education secretary has announced.

Sex and relationships education will continue to be a statutory part of Wales’ new curriculum from 2022 for five to 16-year-olds, Kirsty Williams said, but it will be updated and renamed relationships and sexuality education (RSE).

At present, SRE is a statutory part of the basic curriculum in Wales but education officials believe that in some schools pupils are given little information beyond the biological aspects of human relationships.

RSE is being developed following a major review by an expert panel led by Professor Emma Renold of childhood studies at Cardiff University Education, and the Welsh government believes it will represent “a major departure from traditional approaches”.

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