Relationships, sex and health education (RSHE): requirements
Understand your requirements to teach relationships and health education in primary school, and RSHE in secondary school. Find out what you're expected to cover and understand parents' right to withdraw their children from sex education.
All schools with a secondary phase (including all-through and middle schools) need to provide:
- Relationships and sex education (RSE)
- Health education
This is set out in the DfE's guidance.
You must have an RSE policy
You must also publish your RSE policy on your school's website.
This requirement is outlined in sections 8 to 12 of the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019.
It is referred to as a 'statement' in the legislation linked above, but the DfE confirmed that this refers to the policy.
All the requirements above apply, except around the new health education requirement, because you're already required to provide PSHE.
You should share curriculum materials with parents and carers
This was explained by the