Since September 2020, Relationships Education, Health Education, and Relationships and Sex Education became compulsory in England. Relationships, Sex and Health Education is sometimes shortened to RSHE.

From September 2021, schools are expected to teach an RSHE curriculum that meets the Department’s statutory guidance.

The NEU wants to support all schools to build an effective, inclusive and needs -led RSHE.  We encourage schools to keep engaging with parents and pupils as much as possible to help inform curriculum planning and to identify gaps in learning that may have been exacerbated by the pandemic, so that topics can be picked up later. See support on how to plan for RSHE success.

We recognise the immense challenges facing schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is still not education as normal and teaching and learning will need to be adapted to address the range of social, emotional and academic needs of pupils. Further advice and guidance to support education recovery– from supporting pupil mental health and wellbeing, to promoting reading for pleasure, can be found on our recovery education hub.

What is the NEU doing to support the changes to RSHE? 

In March 2021, we co-launched new advice on how to plan and prepare for the changes to RSHE.

The NEU has developed a model policy for primary and secondary schools to support schools to prepare for the changes to Relationship and Sex Education (RSE).  We have also produced guidance that gives further information about the new statutory requirements

The NEU has endorsed AGENDA as a tool to help schools to support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing over the long term and in the context of the pandemic. It will also help schools to develop an empowering, need-led RSE that has gender-equity and human rights at its heart. 

More advice on supporting pupil mental health and wellbeing, including through RSHE, can be found on our Recovery Education Hub.