In July 2018, the Department for Education opened a consultation into the draft regulations, statutory guidance, and regulatory impact assessment relating to their proposal to teach relationships education at primary school, relationships and sex education at secondary school and health education at all state-funded schools.
The responses to the consultation will help inform any further refining of the draft regulations and statutory guidance before the regulations are put before Parliament and the guidance finally published.
We were delighted to participate in this latest consultation on the guidance on RE /RSE lessons. Whilst it was good to see that there was a nod towards online safety education, in our judgment this guidance misses some critical points:
Special provision should be made for children in Years 6 & 7 and it is a missed opportunity not to cover this in the guidance.
Significantly more work needs to be done in this area to ensure that our most vulnerable children and those who have substantial but time-limited concerns are well supported.
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