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RSE and Parental Consultation - What Schools Should Know

Requirements of the DfE Statutory Guidance

The new guidance states that schools:


  • Provide RSHE as part of the basic curriculum, and integrated in a broad and balanced curriculum

  • Have a school policy for Relationships Education / RSE

  • Provide parental ‘opt out’ from sex education

  • Consult parents

  • Be accessible for all pupils

  • Comply with the Equalities Act



  • Involve pupils in determining the curriculum & policy

  • Cover the learning set out in the ‘pupils should know by the end of primary’ tables

  • Be resourced, staffed and timetabled in a way that ensures that the school can fulfil its legal obligations

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