Communication to schools on the implementation of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education

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DFE LogoThe Department is committed to supporting all children to grow up happy, healthy and safe, and to provide them with the knowledge they need to manage the opportunities and challenges of modern Britain.  That is why, all primary age children will be taught Relationships Education and Health Education and all secondary age children will be taught Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education.

The new curriculum is due to begin in September 2020 but in light of school closures the Department has issued the attached letter with further details of how schools need to prepare.

  • Schools who assess that they are prepared to deliver teaching these subjects and have met the requirements set out in the statutory guidance are encouraged to begin delivering teaching from 1 September 2020, or whenever is practicable to do so within the first few weeks of the new school year.
  • Schools that assess that they have been unable to adequately meet the requirements because of the lost time and competing priorities should aim to start preparations to deliver the new curriculum and to commence teaching the new content no later than the start of the summer term 2021. The subjects will still become compulsory from 1 September 2020. However, schools have flexibility to decide how they discharge their duties effectively. If a school is unable to begin teaching until summer term 2021 they will need to decide how much of the content they will be able to cover and should still be able to demonstrate how they will cover the entirety of the curriculum in the future.

The first of a series of 14 modules to support schools to implement the new curriculum is now available here.

Further details can be found on the .gov website here.