How Ofsted will assess RSE
Relationships and sex education (RSE) isn't inspected on its own - instead, Ofsted will consider this within your school's 'personal development' and 'leadership and management' judgements. Understand what requirements your school needs to meet and evidence it can present.
Understand your school's requirements on relationships and health education: requirements from 2020.
A note on COVID-19
The curriculum transition period put in place due to COVID-19 ended in September 2022. However, Ofsted recognises that schools will still be revisiting elements of their curriculum, and won't expect every single criterion to remain 'good.'
How your RSE provision can affect judgements
If inspectors find your school is failing to meet its obligations, they'll consider this when reaching their 'personal development' and 'leadership and management' judgements.
See paragraph 297 of the school inspection handbook.
RSE within personal development
Ensures that RSE contributes to pupils' personal development Develops pupils’ age-appropriate understanding of healthy relationships through appropriate relationships and sex education Enables pupils to recognise online and offline risks to their wellbeing, including risks of sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, female genital mutilation and forced marriage – and making them aware of the support available to
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