What Is Changing In The New RSE Curriculum?

There’s been a lot of talk about the new Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum, but what exactly is changing?

It is not currently mandatory that schools include Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in their curriculum, so many of them don’t.

But things are changing very soon!

Earlier this year, the Department for Education in England published new information about compulsory RSE, Relationships, Sex and Health Education.

This will be mandatory in schools from September 2020. However, under recommendation, schools will be introducing the changes from September 2019.

This is fantastic! But what exactly is changing?

Who will be taught which subjects?

Relationships Education will be mandatory in every primary school in England.

Relationships and Sex Education will be mandatory in every secondary school in England.

That goes for all the different types of schools in England: local authority maintained schools, academies, faith schools, free schools, independent schools, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) schools.

Every state funded school in England will also include Health Education as a compulsory subject.

There is also a recommendation that primary schools introduce a program of sex education, according to the needs of their pupils.

Can parents withdraw their children from the subjects?

Parents and carers are able to withdraw their children from Sex Education in primary schools (apart from aspects of the science curriculum).

Parents and carers are also able to withdraw their children from Sex Education until 3 terms before their 16th birthday in secondary school.

However, parents and carers cannot withdraw their children from Relationships Education or Health Education in primary school or secondary school.

Well, what is in the new guidance?

The previous guidance dates back to 2000, nearly 20 years ago. Needless to say, it’s a little outdated!

That’s why we’re so excited about this much-needed change at Fumble. Here’s the new guidance for you to have a read over.

And following the introduction of this guidance, every school must have a policy on their RSE lessons, which should be accessible to read – so we can’t wait to get a look at those as well! 

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