Relationships, health and sex education draft statutory guidance: CASPAR briefing

Last updated: 06 Mar 2019 Topics: Schools

Briefing on what schools in England must and should deliver from 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has published draft statutory guidance about how Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education should be implemented in all schools across England by 2020 (DfE, 2019a).

The guidance is expected to be published as final once the corresponding regulations have been passed by Parliament.


The guidance has been produced following a consultation which gathered opinions from a variety of sources including parents and family members, young people, head teachers, school governors and other education professionals and organisations. Alongside the draft guidance the government has also published a response to this consultation (DfE, 2019b).

Summary of key points

Our briefing sets out a summary of the key points covered in the guidance, including:

  • developing a policy
  • content of relationships education, sex education and health education in primary and secondary schools
  • parents' rights to withdraw
  • whole school approach
  • safeguarding.

The DfE recognises the need for teachers in to be trained to deliver high quality Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education, and is committed to supporting state funded schools to deliver teaching around these subjects in a coordinated and coherent way across the curriculum (DfE, 2019b).

> Download our briefing on relationships and sex education in England (PDF)


Department for Education (DfE) (2019a) Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education: Draft statutory guidance for governing bodies, proprietors, head teachers, principals, senior leadership teams, teachers (PDF). London: Department for Education.

Department for Education (DfE) (2019b) Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education, and Health Education in England: Government consultation response (PDF). London: Department for Education.


Download the briefing

This briefing provides a summary of the Department for Education (DfE) guidance on what schools must and should implement from 2020. 

> Download the briefing (PDF)