To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make Relationships Education, Sex and Relationships Education and Health Education available as a free teacher subject specialism training course; and if he will make a statement.
24 March 2021
The Department is committed to supporting schools to deliver high quality relationships education in primary schools, relationships and sex education in secondary schools, and health education in all state-funded schools. To support schools in their preparations, the Department is investing in a central support package to help all schools to build their subject knowledge, increase their confidence and the quality of their teaching practice .
The Department has published advice for teachers on how to implement the relationships, sex and health education curriculum, alongside teacher training modules to help all teachers increase their confidence and quality of teaching. Thirteen training modules and one further module to support pupils with special educational needs and disability are now published on GOV.UK. These can be accessed via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/teaching-about-relationships-sex-and-health. These materials are freely available to all teachers.
The Department is grant funding 20 Teaching Schools, covering all eight Regional School Commissioner regions, to deliver a Train the Trainer / Peer Support cascade training programme to schools in their regions. All Teaching Schools have plans in place to deliver training until March 2021. The training support can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/teaching-about-relationships-sex-and-health#training-support-for-schools.