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Relationships and Sex Education: UK

Government Consultation on Relationship and Sex Education

In 2017, the UK Government passed legislation which required all primary schools in England to teach Relationships Education, and all secondary schools in England to teach Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). The Government is now in the process of reviewing its statutory guidance for Relationships Education and RSE.

As part of this process, the Government ran a consultation between 19 December 2017 and 12 February 2018 which called for evidence. Mothers' Union consulted a cross-section of its members on the issues raised, and submitted its response. The responses were then reviewed by the Government.

On 19 July 2018, the UK Government published its draft statutory guidance and draft regulations on Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) along with a press release and statement by Education Secretary, Damian Hinds. The Government are now seeking views on its guidance and supporting documentation through a further consultation, until 7 November 2018.


New Survey on Relationship and Sex Education

Your views matter. Mothers’ Union is surveying its members and friends on a number of issues, to feed into its ongoing evidence base and input into its consultation response. Click here to respond to our survey on Relationships and Sex Education in England.

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(Page updated: 20th September 2018)