From September 2020, Relationships Education, Health Education, and Relationships and Sex Education will become compulsory in England.

The outbreak of Covid-19, however, means that schools will have additional flexibility to meet the new curriculum requirements. 

The Government has said that from 1 September 2020 to the end of the spring term 2021, schools should assess how prepared they are and should commence teaching as soon as practically possible. Schools should engage parents on their Relationships Education or RSE policy as well as plan their curriculum provision if they haven’t done this already. 

By the start of the summer term 2021, all schools should have begun teaching Health Education, Relationships Education or RSE. 

What is the NEU doing? 

The NEU believes that the mental health and wellbeing of students must be a priority for all schools in the next academic year and RSHE will be critical to that work. 

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 give further information about the new requirements. 

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

We have produced some documents to support you to meet our vision of Relationships Education and RSE and to support your school to meet the new legislative requirements that come into force from September 2020. See NEU Guidance on Relationships Education and RSE.

Find out more about AGENDA and be trained on how to use it in your school.