PSHE guidance

PSHE guidance

Latest News  July 2018

On the 19 July, the DfE announced that both Relationships/RSE and Health Education will become statutory in all schools from September 2020. Whilst PSHE has not achieved statutory status across the board, Health and Wellbeing and Relationships/RSE are to become an educational entitlement in all schools.  These two aspects constitute a significant part of PSHE provision.

For further details please see the link below.

Consultation: Relationships education, relationships and sex education, and health education

I would encourage you to look at all the documents listed at the bottom of the link page, an in particular the draft curriculum. The consultation is now open and will close on 7th November 2018.

I will in due course outline a roadmap for preparing for the changes as further details emerge and for the autumn term the focus will be on  reviewing and building on existing good practice PSHE. I look forward to working alongside Bucks schools on this. Do keep an eye out for emails regarding signposts to the PSHE webpage, forums and newsletters. If you would like to be added to the mailing list please send your name, school and contact details to:

Policy statement: relationships education, relationships and sex education, and personal, social, health and economic education

This document was published  by the DfE in December 2017 following  on from the Children’s Social Work Bill (March 2017) and outlines time scales and the current thinking with regards to Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and PSHE. This document predated the consultation on the above which closed on 12th February 2017.

DfE Policy Statement

Current DfE guidance on PSHE

To be updated

  • PSHE is currently a non statutory subject; this is also under review following the DfE consultation on Relationships and Relationships and Sex Education.
  • Schools have a duty to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum and one that supports the personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding of pupils (Education Act 2002 and Academies Act 2010). 
  • In January 2014, the Department for Education updated its timeline of mandatory information for schools, making it clear that a school’s PSHE curriculum should be published under this requirement and contain the same level of detail as for other curriculum subjects.
  • The introduction to the  national curriculum states that all state schools ‘should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice'. Department for Education guidance also states that PSHE education is ‘an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education’.

DfE guidance for PSHE

Current DfE guidance: Relationships and Sex education

The curriculum for Relationships and Sex education is currently under review and draft guidance is due to be issued by the DFE in December 2018. When relationships education and RSE become statutory in September 2019, all schools will be required to have a policy, under the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

  • Sex and relationship education (SRE) is an important part of PSHE education and is statutory in maintained secondary schools. When any school provides SRE they must have regard to the Secretary of State’s guidance ; this is a statutory duty. Academies do not have to provide SRE but must also have regard to Secretary of State’s guidance when they do
  • All maintained schools must have a sex education policy and whilst this is not mandatory for academies and free schools, they are strongly advised to do so.

Relationships and Relationships and Sex education – consultation documents

These documents outline the rationale behind the changes to RSR and PSHE. Although the consultation is now closed the documents  can be used as a resource for consulting with pupils in schools to support providing a tailored and relevant approach to Relationships Education and RSE.

Consultation Documents (DfE)

Highly recommended resources

The PSHE Association has published a Key stage 1-5 programme of study which is free to download and use.

They have also produced ‘The ten principles of effective PSHE education’ which underpins good practice in school. This is a useful document to share with teachers and the PSHE governor.

Key stage 1-5 programme of study

The ten principles of effective PSHE education

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