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Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education
Government Consultation | July – November 2018
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 placed a duty on the Education Secretary to make Relationships Education (RelEd) compulsory at primary school, and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) compulsory at secondary school. This duty would be accomplished through regulations (Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019). The 2017 Act further gave discretionary power to the Secretary of State for Education to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE), or elements of it, compulsory in all schools.
The Department for Education had previously issued a Call for Evidence, when views were sought from organisations on subject content. The Government has said that these findings helped shape the form of the draft regulations, statutory guidance and regulatory impact assessment, which became the subject of the Consultation on RelEd and RSE, opened on 19 July 2018, closing on 7 November 2018.
The statutory draft guidance contains both the content to which schools will need to have regard in their delivery of RelEd, RSE and PSHE, and also the legal obligations falling on schools in their teaching of these three fields.
This Consultation sought views from all parties on the draft regulations and statutory guidance relating to RelEd and RSE and PSHE. It also sought opinions as to whether this guidance provided sufficient information and support to schools in the teaching these subjects.
The Department for Education has said it will consider the responses submitted to the consultation process when it finalises the draft regulations and statutory guidance. The Regulations will then be put before Parliament for final debate before implementation by Statutory Instrument, at which point the Department for Education will also publish its accompanying Guidance.
Voice for Justice UK produced its own Briefing document on this Consultation