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NEW - draft guidance on Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)

The DfE is seeking views from parents, school staff and governors/trustees on new draft RSHE guidance. The guidance was produced following a review of the RSHE curriculum conducted by independent experts.

It sets out new expectations, including the age at which pupils can be taught sex education which the DfE suggest must be no earlier than year 5. In addition, it has been proposed that there be restrictions on the teaching of gender identity and the use of materials that suggest that gender is a spectrum.

At present, the guidance is yet to take effect, with the DfE opening an eight week consultation to gather views on proposed changes. If you would like to respond to the consultation visit the DfE’s website where you will also find the draft guidance in full.