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Sex and Relationship Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN 109340, tabled on 24 October 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Written Statement of 1 March 2017, Sex and Relationships Education, HCWS 509, and pursuant to the Answer of 11 July 2017 to Question 2526, what the (a) timetable and (b) planned commencement date is for the consultation on the provision of relationships education.

Answered on

30 October 2017

We want to help all schools to deliver high-quality Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education so that all young people are equipped to have healthy and respectful relationships, and leave school with the knowledge to prepare them for adult life.

The Department remains fully committed to conducting thorough and wide-ranging engagement with stakeholders, which will help us to reach evidence-based decisions on the content of the regulations and statutory guidance, as well as on the status of PSHE. We will set out shortly more details about the engagement process, the timetable and the work to consider age-appropriate subject content. We will consult on draft regulations and guidance and the regulations will then be laid in the House allowing for a full and considered debate. We are working towards schools teaching the new subjects from September 2019.

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