Sex and Relationship Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 6th February 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the regulations and guidance on Relationship Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education will be available for schools by July 2019; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Following the consultation which closed in November 2018, the Department is currently finalising the regulations and guidance for the new subjects of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education.

The Department plans to publish the Government response to the consultation in Spring 2019 and lay the regulations for debate in Parliament. Once the regulations have completed the Parliamentary process, they will be available to schools and other stakeholders along with the final guidance.

Schools will be encouraged and supported to start teaching the new subjects from September 2019 on a voluntary basis, and will then be required to do so from September 2020.

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