Sex and relationships for the 21st Century is a great guide written by the PSHE Association, Brook and the Sex Education forum. It compliments and updates the national (DfEE 0116/2000) Sex and Relationship Education Guidance from 2000 and takes account of changing norms, the context of the digital age, OFTED views of RSE, the 2010 Equality Act and more.
From 2019, the Children and Social Work Bill will ensure that:
- All primary schools (including academies, free schools, independent schools) in England must teach age-appropriate ‘relationships education’;
- All secondary schools (including academies, free schools, independent schools) in England must teach age-appropriate ‘relationships and sex education’;
- Updated guidance for schools on what to cover in RSE
For more on what will happen next, this statement from Department for Education outlines the rationale, requirements and approach.
If you have any more questions about the new legislation, the Sex Education Forum (SEF) has a great FAQ section.
Relationship and Sex Education happens in Torbay in a range of different ways. Some is delivered across the curriculum in a coherent and progressive manner. Adequate time is given for discussions and learning. The use of ‘drop down’ days or ‘off timetable’ days can complement a curriculum approach but educators are encouraged not to be tempted to see RSE and wider PSHE topics to be a ‘drop down’ only option.
Effective Relationships and Sex Education must be acceptable to young people. The delivery as well as content of this is crucial. In a recent report published by the University of Bristol (2017), a key criteria for delivering evidence –based sex and relationship education explores what makes for effective RSE. More on this on the top tips page.