Policy Statement from the Department for Education on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

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The Secretary of State for Education confirms the Government’s ambition to support all young people to stay safe and prepare for life in modern Britain by making Relationships Education (Primary), Relationships and Sex Education (RSE-Secondary) and, subject to the outcome of a
thorough consideration of the subject, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) – both statutory in all schools.

Relationships and RSE will be age-appropriate, building knowledge and life skills over time in a way that prepares pupils for issues they will so on face.
They will likely focus on:

  • different types of relationships, including friendships, family relationships, dealing with
  • how to recognise, understand and build healthy relationships, including self-respect and

strangers and, at secondary school, intimate relationships; respect for others, commitment, tolerance, boundaries and consent, and how to manage
conflict, and also how to recognise unhealthy relationships;

  • how relationships may affect health and wellbeing, including mental health;
  • healthy relationships and safety online; and
  • factual knowledge, at secondary school, around sex, sexual health and sexuality, set firmly within the context of relationships.

The Goverment’s review work will determine what statutory PSHE could look like in the cont
ext of statutory Relationships and RSE, and will also consider age-appropriate content and guidance.
We would expect this to cover broad pillars of:

  • healthy bodies and lifestyles, including keeping safe, puberty, drugs and alcohol education;
  • healthy minds, including emotional wellbeing, resilience, mental health;
  • economic wellbeing and financial capability;
  • careers education, preparation for the workplace and making a positive contribution to


The work to consider content will begin this spring and we expect that it will result in draft
regulations and guidance for consultation in the autumn of 2017. Following consultation,
regulations will be laid in the House, alongside final draft guidance, allowing for a full and considered debate.
The statutory guidance will be published in early 2018, once the regulations have been passed (and at least one full year before academic year 2019/20).

[Extracted from DfE Policy statement – please see below for the full policy]