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PSHEeducation

16/03/17
"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
http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2017-03-01/HCWS509/

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]