PSHEE INSET: Primary Statutory Relationship Education September 2020

relationships education

“Very useful day with plenty of practical activities and resources to share/use with staff”
Karen Davies, Blockley C of E Primary School

Relationship Education, Sex Education, and Health Education

What’s changing in Relationship Education?

“Relationship Education is compulsory for all pupils (in England) receiving primary education …”
(Statutory Guidance June 2019)

From September 2020 all schools will be required to deliver ‘relationships education’ in England.

  • But what does this statutory duty require a school to cover and how should schools prepare these changes?
  • Should primary/ prep schools have a sex education programme, and if so, what should it include?
  • How much flexibility will schools have?
  • What content is compulsory?
  • How do schools engage with parents?
  • What does a good Relationship education policy look like?
  • Why are these changes being made?

Delivery of Relationships, Sex & Health Education from 2020 will form part of any Regulatory or Compliance Inspection by Ofsted or ISI. For more details see our Preparing for Inspection section.

The DfE has said, “Through these subjects, we want to support all young people to be happy, healthy and safe – we want to equip them for adult life and to make a positive contribution to society.”

INSET Outcomes

  • Understand the context, principles and practice for teaching high quality Relationship Education
  • Agree what their school’s Relationship policy should include
  • Become familiar with exemplar materials and approaches
  • To be equipped to answer questions from children, colleagues and parents
  • To be confident in working with sensitive issues
  • Use the practical strategies and schemes of work in school
  • To experience and share some interactive teaching/learning techniques

Clear Approaches and Strategies

This course is highly practical and interactive. Teachers will leave with a clear set of strategies and interventions which they can adopt in their teaching.

INSET Outline

The Statutory requirements : PSHEE Reg 2(2)(d)

What is mandatory and non-statutory?
What are we trying to achieve? 
What do good policies look like?
What flexibility do schools have?
Do parents have the right of withdraw?
Planning for the changes.
What will school inspections look for?

Effective and Engaging Relationship Education Lessons

Essential ingredients of Relationship Education lessons
Exploring a Relationship Education model lesson.
Effective and engaging strategies to use.

Sex Education

What does age-related sex education look like?
Should primary / prep schools teach it?
What should be the content of sex education beyond that found in the science curriculum?

Dealing with sensitive issues

Dealing with questions from pupils and parents

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