Sex and Relationship Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Fisheries, Flooding and Water)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance he has issued to Ofsted on monitoring school's performance in teaching relationships and sex education.

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

From September 2020, the Department is making Relationships Education compulsory for all primary pupils, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) compulsory for all secondary pupils and Health Education compulsory for all pupils in state-funded schools.

There is a strong emphasis within the new Ofsted inspection arrangements on schools ensuring that pupils access a broad and balanced curriculum, including the new requirements around the new compulsory subjects, and a new judgement on pupils’ personal development, which is particularly relevant to these areas.

Ofsted’s school inspection handbook contains a specific section on RSE which sets out the requirements on schools. If a school is failing to meet its obligations, inspectors will consider this when reaching the judgement on pupils’ personal development.

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