Last reviewed on 14 October 2021
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Your school must teach RSE and health education under 2020 guidance. Find out what your school is expected to cover and what your role involves. Understand a parent's right to withdraw their child from sex education.

Relationships and sex education (RSE) requirements

As of September 2020, all schools with a secondary phase (including all-through and middle schools) need to provide:

  • Relationships and sex education (RSE)
    • This replaced the previous need to provide sex and relationships education (SRE), but this is more about formalising the expectations than radically changing what your school teaches

All schools, with the exception of independent schools, must also provide:

  • Health education
    • You may have already taught parts of this in personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education

This is set out in the Department for Education's (DfE) statutory guidance for 2020

Delayed implementation

Due to COVID-19, the DfE recognised that not all schools were ready to implement the new RSE curriculum in September 2020. As such, your school may have delayed its implementation of statutory RSE.

However, all schools were required to start teaching the new curriculum by the start of summer term 2021 at the latest.