How to review your relationships and sex education policy

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

Last reviewed on 16 April 2024See updates
Ref: 41515
Statutory/mandatory for:
Maintained schools
Academies
Free schools
Independent schools
Pupil referral units
Non-maintained special schools
Contents
  1. Key facts
  2. What this policy needs to do
  3. 5 key questions to challenge the policy
  4. Model policy from The Key 
  5. Your school must publish its policy online
  6. See examples from schools

What this policy needs to do

When you're reading your school's relationships and sex education policy, make sure it: 

  • Sets out the content of the RSE curriculum – this might include details about schemes of work
  • Sets out how RSE will be taught – this might include when each topic is taught, taking account of pupils' ages
  • Explains who teaches the RSE curriculum
  • Describes how RSE will be monitored and evaluated
  • Confirms the date by which the policy will be reviewed

Define 'relationships education' – this should also clarify why parents and carers do not have a right to withdraw their child from this part of the curriculum Define any sex education the school chooses to teach beyond that which is covered by the science curriculum – this should clarify that parents and carers do have the right to withdraw their child from this part of the curriculum and give details on how

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