Relationships and sex education (RSE): consultation toolkit

If you're updating your RSE curriculum or policy and need to carry out consultations with parents, pupils or staff, use our tips and resources to help you get it done.

Last reviewed on 8 August 2022
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  1. Why consult on your RSE curriculum and policy?
  2. How to consult with parents
  3. How to consult with staff
  4. How to consult with pupils
  5. How to consult on your RSE policy

We worked with Malcolm Groves and Bill Bolloten, our associate education experts, to develop this toolkit.

Why consult on your RSE curriculum and policy?

You've probably already developed your RSE policy and curriculum in the run-up to the RSHE requirements coming into force. However, you'll likely want to keep this under close review, particularly if you update your behaviour policy to cover sexism and sexual harassment, in light of Ofsted's sexual abuse review

RSE policy

You must consult with parents on changes to your relationships and sex education (RSE) policy. 

This is set out on page 11 of the DfE's guidance on RSE.

RSE curriculum

You're not required to do this, but RSE can be an emotive issue. There are certain topics where there may be differences of opinion about what's appropriate to teach.