Statutory Implementation of Relationships (and Sex) Education and Health Education

In July 2018, the Department for Education published the draft guidance for Statutory Relationships Education (Primary Schools), Relationships and Sex Education (Secondary Schools) and Health Education (all schools).

Following the consultation phase, the final guidance was published in February 2019. Schools are expected to start teaching these subjects from September 2020. From September 2019 the Ofsted Inspection framework has changed and Personal Development is one of the key judgements. Provision in Relationships (and Sex) Education and Health Education will be a key part of a school’s evidence in this area and it would therefore be beneficial to begin teaching the new curriculum from September 2019.

It is therefore vital that schools begin to think now about some of the steps they need to take to meet these new requirements. Below are some things to think about and some ways we can help.

Step 1 – Engage the whole school community

On the day the guidance was published, there was widespread coverage in the media, some of which may have caused alarm to parents and carers, about what their children will be taught. The main concerns arise from misconceptions about how topics will be taught in an appropriate way for the age and understanding of the children and young people. It is important that schools start to work with parents and carers to address these concerns and ensure they fully understand the importance of these subjects. Many schools will already be doing good work in this area and a key aspect is being clear on your school’s approach to these areas and fully understanding the legal framework.

How can Entrust help?

Entrust have experts in these areas and are committed to supporting schools to meet the new requirements. We are offering briefing sessions throughout this academic year for school leaders, governors and subject coordinators to ensure you fully understand what is required under the new guidance.

Step 2 – Consider the good practice you already have in school

Often when a new initiative is launched, we can forget all the good things which are already in place. Many schools will already be teaching many aspects of the Relationship (and Sex) Education and Health Education. Taking time to review this is important. You can then identify the gaps and formulate a plan to work on these.

How can Entrust help?

Our Ways to Wellbeing Award provides a comprehensive framework to audit all areas of health and wellbeing in your school. Once the initial Health Check has been completed, support is available to address areas for development.

Step 3 – Meeting the needs of children and young people

The guidance is clear that teaching in these subjects must meet the needs of children and young people in the school. To be able to do this effectively pupil voice is vital.  Surveys and focus groups can be used to find out children and young people’s views on what is already provided and what areas they feel are important to include in future lessons.

How can Entrust help?

We can conduct pupil focus groups in your school. Having an impartial person talking to children and young people can provide a more open and honest appraisal of provision. We will provide a report of our findings and can support you to address any issues.

Over the coming months, we will continue to publish advice and guidance articles to support your journey towards statutory implementation of Relationships (and Sex) Education and Health Education so keep an eye on our website (www.entrust-ed.co.uk) and social media channels for updates.

For more information on our courses, or the other support we can offer, please contact BHWB@entrust-ed.co.uk