• Department for Education calls for evidence to inform new statutory RSE guidance

    The Department for Education has launched a call for evidence as part of its review of changes to teaching of sex and relationship education, and PSHE.

    The current statutory guidance for teaching Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) that was introduced in 2000 is being updated after legislation was passed by Parliament in 2017 to make relationships education compulsory in all primary schools and relationships and sex education compulsory in all secondary schools.

    As part of the review process the government is asking parents, teachers and young people to help shape the new curriculum.

    Full information about the review is available here.

    Also a young people’s call for evidence can be found here.

    The call for evidence will extend over an 8 week period until 12th February 2018 and invites views on age-appropriate content on mental wellbeing, staying safe online and LGBT issues in the updated subjects.

    The online consultation should take 30 minutes to complete and is available here: https://consult.education.gov.uk/life-skills/pshe-rse-call-for-evidence/

    Please forward this to all colleagues, schools and organisations who may have an interest in responding. It is particularly important to get views from young people and from schools already delivering high quality RSE. DfE will be particularly interested in hearing effective practice from primary and faith schools and from those successfully engaging parents.

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