Relationships and health education: requirements from 2020 (primary)
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