Why is there a review of Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)?
The Department for Education introduced Relationships, Sex and Health Education to schools in September 2020. The purpose of RSHE is to support children to make informed decisions about their health, wellbeing and relationships – including romantic relationships, family relationships and friendships. Topics should be taught in an age-appropriate and sensitive way.
The statutory guidance instructs schools on the content that they should teach pupils and at what ages:
- All primary and secondary school pupils must receive Relationships and Health Education
- Secondary schools must teach Sex Education. However, parents have the right to request that their child is withdrawn from some or all sex education lessons. Primary schools have discretion to teach sex education in an age-appropriate way.
The Department for Education is conducting a review of the RSHE statutory guidance in line with the 3-year review cycle. In particular, the Department for Education will look to ensure that:
- RSHE is taught in an age-appropriate and factual way
- The curriculum adequately covers priority areas including mental health, suicide prevention and violence against women and girls.