Consultation outcome

Relationships (and sex) education and health education

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Summary of responses we received, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps.

Original consultation


DfE is seeking views on draft regulations, statutory guidance and a regulatory impact assessment for relationships and sex education and health education.

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Consultation description

DfE is proposing that schools are required to teach relationships education at primary school, relationships and sex education at secondary school and health education at all state-funded schools.

The draft regulations and associated statutory guidance build on the findings from the call for evidence and DfE’s engagement with a wide range of expert organisations and interested parties.

The responses to the consultation will help inform any further refining of the draft regulations and statutory guidance before the regulations are put before Parliament and the guidance finally published.

The current sex and relationships education statutory guidance includes personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE).

Updated statutory guidance will come into effect from September 2020.

The revised curriculum subjects will be:

  • relationships education (primary)
  • relationships and sex education (RSE) (secondary)
  • health education (primary and secondary)

Read more about the new statutory guidance.


Published 19 July 2018
Last updated 25 June 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added information about the upcoming statutory guidance.

  2. Published consultation response and added the equality assessment. Updated the impact assessment, draft legislation and draft guidance.

  3. First published.