Last reviewed on 14 October 2021
School types: All · School phases: Primary
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Your school must teach relationships and health education under 2020 guidance. Find out what your school is expected to cover, what your role involves and what the guidance says about sex education.

Relationships and health education requirements

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

  • Relationships education

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

  • Health education

Your school may have previously covered parts of these topics if they taught sex and relationships education (SRE) or personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education. 

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

Sex education is not a requirement

The DfE does recommend that as part of the transition from primary to secondary, primary schools should have a sex education programme in place to support