Under the Children and Social Work Act 2017, the government committed to making Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) statutory in all secondary schools, including LA maintained schools, academies, free schools and independent schools (and relationships education in all primary schools). The Secretary of State also has the power under this new Act to make the whole of PSHE education statutory at the same time, depending on the results of a process of engagement and consultation.
The Education Secretary has launched a ‘call for evidence’ on PSHE and RSE; it is open until 12 February 2018 and provides a real chance for schools and young people to have a voice in shaping the future of PSHE education. The consultation can be accessed here and is open to schools, teachers, parents and students to submit their views.
The Department for Education (DfE) is keen to hear the views of young people as part of this consultation on PSHE education and RSE; to support schools the PSHE association has produced a free pack of lesson materials. This content will help schools to gather and submit young people’s’ views to the consultation and contains full instructions n how to respond. Please note if you are submitting evidence on behalf of your student’s’, enter your school’s name instead of your own name.