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Last reviewed on 6 July 2021
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Ofsted won't inspect relationships and sex education (RSE) on its own - instead, inspectors will look at how you're meeting statutory requirements for RSE, and consider this within your personal development, and leadership and management.

Your RSE requirements

Although relationships and sex education (RSE) became compulsory for secondary pupils on 1 September 2020, the DfE recognised that not all schools were ready to teach the new curriculum at that time.

As such, you were required to start teaching the new curriculum by the start of the summer term 2021 at the latest.

Due to the disruptions caused by the pandemic, you might not have been able to meet all of the expectations in the DfE’s statutory guidance.

However, you're required to have taught some of the new curriculum, and to have published a policy and consulted parents on this, during the 2020/21 academic year.

This is explained in the section 'leadership and management and the DfE’s statutory guidance' of the Inspecting Teaching of the Protected Characteristics in Schools guidance.

Read more about your RSE requirements in our other article.

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