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Statutory Guidance

Welcome to week three of learning…This week will explore the statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of PSHE from September 2020.

The Department for Education published statutory guidance for the teaching and learning of Relationships, Sex and Health education for primary and secondary phase pupils in June 2019 for implementation from September 2020. This roll out date how since changed due to COVID-19 and will now be implemented in the Summer term 2021.

This guidance outlines key principles and the statutory programmes of study to be taught at each phase. The Secretary of State clearly outlines the purpose of this curriculum in the foreword to the document (page 4):

“In primary schools, we want the subjects to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy. At secondary, teaching will build on the knowledge acquired at primary and develop further pupils’ understanding of health, with an increased focus on risk areas such as drugs and alcohol, as well as introducing knowledge about intimate relationships and sex.”

(Secretary of State Foreword, Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education, DfE June 2019)

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