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Sex and Relationship Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN 6515, tabled on 28 October 2019

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.

Answered on

4 November 2019

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.