Last reviewed on 7 October 2021
Statutory/mandatory for: Maintained schools Academies Free schools Independent schools Pupil referral units Non-maintained special schools

Find everything you need to review your school's relationships and sex education (RSE) policy, including key questions to ask your school leaders. Download our model policy to see what good looks like.

Key facts

  • This policy is statutory for all school types as of September 2020
  • Approval of this policy can be delegated to a committee, an individual governor or the headteacher
  • The Department for Education (DfE) recommends this policy be reviewed annually
  • It must be available free of charge to anyone who requests it (as per page 11 of the first document here)
  • It should be published on the school's website
  • The headteacher will write and be responsible for the implementation of this policy

Note: the DfE previously announced a 'grace period' for introducing this relationships and sex education (RSE) curriculum, due to the disruption caused by coronavirus. However, your school should have started teaching this content and have an updated RSE policy as of summer term 2021. 

What this policy needs to do

Sets out the content of the RSE curriculum – this might include details about schemes of work Sets out how