The Secretary of State for Education confirmed the Government’s ambition to support all young people to stay safe and prepare for life in modern Britain by making Relationships Education (Primary), Relationships and Sex Education (RSE - Secondary) and, subject to the outcome of a thorough consideration of the subject, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE - both) statutory in all schools. The government amended the Children and Social Work Bill on 1 March 2017, and intends the new statutory subjects to come into effect from September 2019.
In advance, the Department for Education intends to conduct thorough and wide-ranging engagement on the subjects – considering subject content, school practice and quality of delivery - to determine the content of the regulations and statutory guidance, which will then be consulted on.
This process will look closely at potential associated costs, taking into consideration the fact that most schools are already delivering PSHE in some form and there is extensive existing good practice to learn from. The Department has been clear that schools will continue to be supported to deliver high-quality teaching.