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What was last weeks' announcement about?
- New draft guidance is now available for schools - it covers Relationships Education, RSE and a new subject - Health Education.
- The guidance is relevant to all schools in England
- A public consultation on the draft is open until 7th November 2018 - you can take part and see the documents here:

- This is not the final RSE guidance, but it gives a clear indication of the direction of travel.

When does statutory RSE take effect?
The announcement explained that schools that are ready to deliver high quality RSE from September 2019 should do so, those needing more time to prepare can focus on September 2020 which will be the start of mandatory provision for all schools. The coming academic year is therefore a key period for preparation.

Is there a new programme of study?
Tables in the draft guidance list what children should know by the time they leave primary school and by the time they leave secondary school. There is not a year-by-year programme of study, but the guidance also says that learning needs to start at the beginning of primary.

What is included in Relationships Education at primary level?
Relationships Education will be mandatory for both primary and secondary schools. The primary Relationships Education curriculum covers 'families and people who care for me', friendships - including bullying, online relationships and staying safe.

What is included in primary sex education?
Primary schools are recommended to have a programme of sex education which includes preparing pupils for the changes adolescence brings and learning how a baby is conceived and born.

What about puberty?
Puberty is included under Health Education at both primary and secondary level.

What is included under Relationships for secondary level?
The themes introduced at primary are developed through secondary RSE, with more in-depth learning about areas such as stereotypes, the law and equality.

What about sexual and reproductive health?
There is a substantial list of knowledge that should be taught to support good sexual health: the facts about the full range of contraceptive choices; the facts around pregnancy including miscarriage and; that there are choices in relation to pregnancy; information on STI transmission, prevention, treatment, prevalence and also how to get help from services. This is supported by sections on consent, with emphasis on being able to actively communicate and recognise consent from others.

Is the guidance LGBT inclusive?
LGBT issues are described as something that should be integral, not taught as a one off lesson.

Are there changes to parental right of withdrawal?
Yes. The proposal is that parents will only be able to excuse their child from the sex education part of the curriculum (but not from national curriculum Science), and not from Relationships Education at either level.
[Sex Education Forum]
All schools will teach children about good physical and mental health, how to stay safe on and offline, and the importance of healthy relationships under bold new plans published today by Education Secretary Damian Hinds.
Under the proposals, all pupils will study compulsory health education as well as new reformed Relationships Education in primary school and Relationships and Sex Education in secondary school.
The guidance – which was last updated in 2000 – will become compulsory in all schools across the country from September 2020, and will put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships of all kinds.
Schools will be supported as they prepare to teach the new subjects and will be able to begin doing so as soon as the materials are ready and available from September 2019, building on the existing best practice that will be shared by high performing schools.
By making health education compulsory we will ensure pupils are taught about the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, what determines their physical health and how to build mental resilience and wellbeing. It will also make sure children and young people learn how to recognise when they and others are struggling with mental health and how to respond.
The proposals, which follow the publication of the Childhood Obesity Plan and the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Green Paper, will ensure that the importance of good physical and mental health are an integral part of the updated subjects. [Dept for Education. 19.7.18]

The requirement for all schools, including academies, to teach relationships education, and for all secondary schools to teach sex education, was supposed to come into force in September 2019.
Last month, education secretary Damian Hinds warned the parliamentary education committee that RSE would “probably” not become mandatory until 2020, though the new RSE curriculum would be “available” to schools from September 2019.
Now Department for Education sources familiar with the reform process have confirmed the roll-out has indeed been delayed for a year, following complaints from schools about the lack of preparation time for the reforms.
In May, Schools Week reported how compulsory SRE would “almost certainly” be delayed until 2020, after the government failed to meet a key milestone.
The DfE had promised to publish guidance in “early 2018” to aid preparations, but the response to a call for evidence on the guidance, which closed in February, has still not been published. A consultation on the draft guidance is due out this week, just days before most schools break up for the summer.
Under the workload protocol, schools must be given at least one year of lead-in time for any major curriculum change. Heads warned in May that if the final guidance was not published before the end of July, the government would have been in breach of the rule.
Schools Week understands it is this concern around the workload protocol that has prompted ministers to push the full rollout back a year.
Yesterday, The Sunday Times reported that new relationships education for primary school pupils will include lessons on consent for pupils as young as four.
“It’s vital that every child knows about their rights and that nothing should happen to them without their consent,” Hinds told the paper. “This guidance will ensure lessons teach children how to recognise when someone else has not given consent.”
The education secretary also told The Telegraph that RSE lessons will include information about the perils of social media use.
The Department for Education would not comment on the delay, but instead pointed to comments made by Hinds in a parliamentary written answer earlier this month.
“Whilst many schools will be able to adapt their existing teaching quickly, it is essential that an appropriate period is given for those schools that need more time to plan and prepare. The department will be working with schools to help them to prepare before teaching starts. This is in line with the department’s approach to any significant changes to the curriculum.
“The department will launch a consultation on the draft regulations and statutory guidance shortly and will say more about the implementation timetable at that point.”
[F.Whittaker. Schools Week. 16.7.18]