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The Secretary of State for Education confirms the Government’s ambition to support all young
people to stay safe and prepare for life in modern Britain by making Relationships Education
(Primary), Relationships and Sex Education (RSE-Secondary) and, subject to the outcome of a
thorough consideration of the subject, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE
- both) statutory in all schools.

Relationships and RSE will be age-appropriate, building knowledge and life skills over time in a way that prepares pupils for issues they will so on face.
They will likely focus on:
  • different types of relationships, including friendships, family relationships, dealing with
strangers and, at secondary school, intimate relationships;
  • how to recognise, understand and build healthy relationships, including self-respect and
respect for others, commitment, tolerance, boundaries and consent, and how to manage
conflict, and also how to recognise unhealthy relationships;
  • how relationships may affect health and wellbeing, including mental health;
  • healthy relationships and safety online; and
  • factual knowledge, at secondary school, around sex, sexual health and sexuality, set firmly within the context of relationships.

The Goverment's review work will determine what statutory PSHE could look like in the cont
ext of statutory Relationships and RSE, and will also consider age-appropriate content and guidance.
We would expect this to cover broad pillars of:
  • healthy bodies and lifestyles, including keeping safe, puberty, drugs and alcohol education;
  • healthy minds, including emotional wellbeing, resilience, mental health;
  • economic wellbeing and financial capability;
  • careers education, preparation for the workplace and making a positive contribution to

The work to consider content will begin this spring and we expect that it will result in draft
regulations and guidance for consultation in the autumn of 2017. Following consultation,
regulations will be laid in the House, alongside final draft guidance, allowing for a full and considered debate.
The statutory guidance will be published in early 2018, once the regulations have been passed (and at least one full year before academic year 2019/20).

[Extracted from DfE Policy statement - please see below for the full policy]
On Thursday 27 April the ‘Children and Social Work Bill’ became the ‘Children and Social Work Act’. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2017/16/pdfs/ukpga_20170016_en.pdf

This new act includes legislation that makes ‘relationships education’ in all primary schools statutory and 'relationships and sex education' (RSE) statutory in all secondary schools. The Act also gives the Government power to make PSHE education statutory depending on the results of a consultation.

Last week the Health and Education Select Committees recommended statutory PSHE in their children and young people’s mental health inquiry.

There are clearly concerns that the Government might not honour this post election which is when a consultation on these proposals is due to begin but the need for compulsory PSHE has been ongoing for years and is gaining much support.
"I am today announcing my intention to put Relationships and Sex Education on a statutory footing, so every child has access to age appropriate provision, in a consistent way. I am also announcing my intention to take a power that will enable me to make PSHE statutory in future, following further departmental work and consultation on subject content." Justine Greening 1.3.2017

What does this mean for schools?
"The Government has stated that they want any new obligations to come into force for schools in September 2019. This would include the RSE obligations outlined today along with implementing statutory PSHE education, should that be the decision the DfE arrives at after consultation.

As it stands the legislation would make ‘Relationships and Sex Education’ statutory in all secondary schools, including academies (this name change from ‘SRE’ has the benefit of foregrounding relationships in the subject and avoiding a purely biological approach).

Legislation would also make ‘Relationships Education’ statutory in primary schools and academies. Whilst it is concerning that ‘Relationships Education’ could lead to some confusion for schools we will be making clear the case that this should be delivered as part of a broad and balanced PSHE education programme. Whilst the name change is a cause for concern, we must all help ensure that for children in primary schools and academies ‘Relationships Education’ encompasses a truly comprehensive programme that includes teaching children about their bodies, about safe and unsafe touch, about the physical and emotional changes of puberty.

The likely next steps are for the DfE to consult on updating the statutory guidance on RSE and to consult on PSHE education more widely. We believe this provides a genuine opportunity to put forward, once and for all, the compelling case for the whole of PSHE education with the real possibility of change. If the Government is convinced of the case for the whole of PSHE education in this consultation, then it is a short step to making it statutory in all schools."
[PSHE Association. March. 2017]
Compulsory sex and relationship education looks set to be taught in all secondary schools after Tory MPs - including five former ministers - backed a change to the law, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
The ministers are among a group of 23 Conservative MPs who are backing a law change to force secondary schools to make Relationship Education compulsory in the National Curriculum.
The change would see teenagers being what consent means in sexual relationships and how to protect themselves from sexting and online exploitation in compulsory classes.
Currently only council-controlled secondary schools are required to teach children about sex in biology classes. There is no such requirement on academies or free schools which make up the majority of secondary schools in England.

This Bill started its second reading debate on Friday 20 January 2017 but has now been adjourned with debate to resume on Friday 24 March 2017.
This Bill was presented to Parliament on Monday 4 July 2016. This is known as the first reading and there was no debate on the Bill at this stage.