Relationships and health education: requirements (primary)
Get a summary of your requirements to provide health and relationships education. Find out what you’re expected to cover and what the guidance says about sex education.
All schools with a primary phase (including all-through and middle schools) need to provide:
- Relationships education
- Health education
You probably covered parts of these topics already if you taught SRE or PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) education - which used to be optional for state-funded primary schools.
This is set out in the DfE's statutory guidance.
Sex education is non-compulsory
Primary schools aren't required to provide sex education, but the DfE recommends you put a programme in place if you don't have one already.
You must have a relationships and sex education (RSE) policy
This requirement is outlined in sections 8 to 12 of the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019. We clarified with