The new legislation places RSE and relationships education in the basic school curriculum. This allows schools flexibility in developing their programme as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.
RSE will not be a National Curriculum subject so there is unlikely to be a new programme of study, as there is for other National Curriculum subjects. There is also no obligation to examine the subject at GCSE level, for example.
Updated Government guidance on RSE will be published ahead of September 2019, but the Governmnet expects schools to start making preparations now, and endorses the supplementary advice: ‘SRE for the 21st Century’, which was produced by the Sex Education Forum, Brook and PSHE Association in 2014.
See Government policy statement on RSE, relationships education and PSHE, published in March 2017.
We have produced a curriculum design tool, which demonstrates how to take a spiral, developmental approach to designing a programme of RSE, from early years through secondary and beyond to further education.
Our 'statement of commitment' sets out 12 principles which underpin good quality, evidence-based RSE.