Countdown to Statutory Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE).

Final Guidance published June 2019:

Final Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education Guidance (DfE, June 2019)
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The Government has produced a response to explain some of the common misconceptions around the subjects - Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education: FAQs.


Useful Information and resources

Relationships, sex and health education: guides for schools from the Department of Education

From September 2020, all primary age children will learn relationships education and health education, and all secondary age children will learn relationships & sex education (RSE) and health education.

The guides below are to help parents know more about these subjects and are related to the  Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education guidance.

Download the primary and secondary school guides;

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 The guides are also available in some different languages.


The PSHE Association have produced a summary explaining what the statutory changes mean for primary and secondary schools, with FAQ's and top tips.  

Statutory Relationships and Health Education explainer for KS1-2
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Statutory Relationships, Sex and Health Education for KS3-4
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Church of England Resources for Schools

The Church of England has recently published a set of resources to support schools implementing statutory RSHE. This includes a Charter with several principles very close to those published by the Sex Education Forum. 


Support for Doncaster schools

Doncaster Public Health have commissioned The Sex Education Forum to assess the needs of teaching and support staff in Doncaster schools to deliver Relationships and Sex Education in line with new government guidance.  

A survey has been carried out to capture information about schools readiness to implement statutory RSE and to identify CPD and support needs.

Following the survey we offering FREE training for schools (limited places available). Further information about the training is available. 

We will continue to share updates about the guidance here on the website and at HLHL network meetings. Booking details for attending the network meetings can be found by visiting the 'Buy Doncaster' website and searching 'healthy learning'.   

Both the PSHE Association and the Sex Education Forum have a number of free resources, including a curriculum design tool, a roadmap highlighting what to do and when to be ready for implementation and an RSE audit tool.

These and other resources can be accessed via the Sex Education Forum website.

We advise all primary and secondary schools to get started with preparations, the sooner the better!


Background : Introducing the new draft guidance on Relationships and Sex Education (2018).

The Draft Updated Guidance on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education was released in July 2018, with a consultation period running until November 2018. Updated Draft Guidance on Relationships and Sex Education was made available in February 2019.  Final statutory guidance has been published and can be viewed at the top of the page.  Other documents published during the process are outlined below. 

Department for Education website

Governments Response to the consultation and Updated Draft Guidance on Relationships and Sex Education (February 2019).


Meeting the requirements;

To meet the new health education and RSE requirements a planned PSHE programme will need to be in place. Here are some direct quotes from the guidance that describe teaching and delivery of the topics;

  • “a planned programme of lessons” delivered in a “carefully sequenced way”.
  • “a strong curriculum will build on the knowledge pupils have previously acquired” whilst “schools should have the same high expectations of the quality of pupils’ work” as for other curriculum areas.
  • Properly “resourced, staffed and timetabled” with a dedicated “subject lead”, not just replaced by a series of visiting speakers or isolated interventions. External providers can play an important role in enhancing planned provision with specialist knowledge it is vital that schools choose wisely.