The requirement to teach the new subjects of relationships education at primary level and relationships and sex education at secondary level will apply to maintained schools. This applies to maintained special schools; academy schools and academy special schools; independent schools, including independent special schools; and pupil referral units and non-maintained special schools.
Health education at primary and secondary levels will apply to all schools that will be required to teach relationships education and relationships and sex education (RSE) except independent schools. Independent schools are already required to teach personal, social, health and economic education.
Other schools are encouraged to teach all or part of the content of the guidance on relationships, sex and health education as they deem appropriate in meeting the needs of their pupils.