8 June 2020


Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

New requirements for the teaching of RSE come into force in September 2020. However, schools have discretion to decide how best to discharge their duties effectively. Those which are ready to deliver teaching and have met the requirements set out in the statutory guidance (such as parental consultation) are encouraged to begin delivering teaching from 1 September 2020, or whenever is practicable to do so within the first few weeks of the new school year. ‘If a school is unable to begin teaching until summer term 2021 they will need to decide how much of the content they will be able to cover and should still be able to demonstrate how they will cover the entirety of the curriculum in the future.’ When routine inspections re-start, inspectors will be sensitive to, and will take account of, the context and circumstances of schools. See the DfE letter to all schools for more information.