Relationships, Sex and Health Education
What is changing?
From 2020, the following subjects will become compulsory in applicable schools in England:
- Relationship and Sex Education in secondary schools
- Health Education in state funded secondary schools
These subjects will support all young people to be happy, healthy and safe, equipping them for life as an adult in British society. Some parts of the new curriculum, as with the current curriculum, are compulsory. These are part of the national curriculum for science. This is set out in the Department for Education's (DfE) guidance, which will replace the current SRE guidance.
Why is it changing?
There is research evidence that suggests that Relationships and Sex Education can help students make informed decisions to keep themselves safe when it comes to recognising sexual abuse or using contraception and it can potentially result in delaying the age of their first experience of sexual intercourse (DfE, 2019). You can see this evidence on the following graph created by the Sex Education Forum which analyses the results of the latest Natsal (National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles) survey:
What is being taught?
Changes to the right to withdraw
Parents/carers will have the right to withdraw their child from part or all of the sex education delivered as part of RSE.? When the new requirements come into place, parents/carers can do this until 3 terms before their child turns 16. After that, it will be the child's decision.? Currently, the SRE guidance does not set any age limit for withdrawing a child from sex education.
Parents cannot withdraw their child from the Relationships or Health education part of RSHE nor from the sex education elements of the Science curriculum.
Below there is an opportunity to read our PSHE Policy (with the changes to RSHE in) and a link to the Withdrawal Form.
The DofE Guidance can be found here