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RSE Roadmap

Cherylynn Wray - Monday, November 26, 2018 -

What is the Roadmap?
The Roadmap is a one-page digital tool with a series of hyperlinked buttons that guide you through the actions and resources needed in order to provide high quality RSE ready for the statutory requirement.

Who is the Roadmap for?
The Roadmap was designed with Heads and Senior Leaders in schools in mind, to use together with their PSHE Leads and governor leading on RSE. The step by step approach breaks the task of preparing for statutory RSE into manageable chunks.

When does the journey start?
Some of the steps on the roadmap require considerable planning and lead-in time, so we'd encourage you to share the roadmap with governors, Heads and SLT now.

Looking for more support?
Dr Polly Haste, Head of Training & Practice, will guide delegates through using the Roadmap and a range of other tools in a pair of workshops at an RSE Countdown conference on 30 November 2018. Polly is running separate workshops for primary and secondary schools which provide a fantastic tool box to ensure you are ready for statutory RSE. Time is running out to book your ticket!

RSE teachers survey
- preliminary findings from a survey of 240 teachers of RSE in England have been published. The Sex Ed Forum found that 29% of those teaching RSE had not had any training in the subject at all. 20% said they lacked confidence in adapting teaching to meet the needs of children with SEND, and 21% said they lacked confidence on making the curriculum LGBT inclusive.

A news story with headline findings is available here, and was also covered by TES

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RSE Consultation (Deadline 12 February 2018)

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, February 06, 2018 -

DfE has launched a call for evidence as part of its review of changes to teaching of sex and relationship education, and PSHE

The current statutory guidance for teaching Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) that was introduced in 2000 is being updated after legislation was passed by Parliament earlier this year to make relationships education compulsory in all primary schools and relationships and sex education compulsory in all secondary schools.

As part of the review process the government is asking parents, teachers and young people to help shape the new curriculum.

Full information about the review is available here and a

young people’s call for evidence can be found here

The call for evidence will extend over an 8 week period until 12th February 2018 and invites views on age-appropriate content on mental wellbeing, staying safe online and LGBT issues in the updated subjects.

The online consultation should take 30 minutes to complete and is available here :


Please notify your communities of practice of the opportunity to participate in the consultation process and encourage local public health teams, schools, colleges, school nurses, parents, young people and other interested partner organisations with whom you work to respond by the stated deadline.

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