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Last reviewed on 4 October 2021
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You may continue to receive complaints from some parents about changes to your school's RSE curriculum after you've consulted on it. Learn when it's your job to step in and how to handle the most common complaints confidently.

Changes to RSE

Relationships and sex education (RSE) became compulsory on 1 September 2020. However, the Department for Education (DfE) recognised that not all schools were ready to make the changes and start delivering the new curriculum at that point. 

While your school may have delayed, the DfE still expected it to have published its policy for RSE and started teaching the new curriculum by no later than the start of summer term 2021. 

As the 2021/22 school year unfolds, your school may be teaching parts of the curriculum for the first time. This means you may now receive new complaints from parents.

As part of the changes to RSE, the DfE recommended that all schools consult with parents about their new RSE curriculum. Your school must have also consulted parents on any changes to its RSE policy. However widely and carefully your school consulted, it's possible that

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