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Sex and Relationship Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN 117161, tabled on 4 December 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress is being made on updating guidance on sex and relationship education.

Answered on

12 December 2017

The Children and Social Work Act requires the Government to make regulations to provide for primary schools to teach Relationships Education and for secondary schools to teach Relationships and Sex Education. The Act also provides a power to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PHSE) education mandatory in all state-funded schools.

We have begun an engagement process with stakeholders to help reach evidence-based decisions on the content of the regulations and guidance, as well as further consideration of the status of PSHE.

We envisage draft regulations and the guidance will be published for consultation in 2018. The Regulations will then be laid alongside final draft guidance allowing for a full and considered debate in Parliament. We are working towards schools teaching the new subjects from September 2019.