On Friday 16 June the PSHE Association and the Sex Education Forum wrote to the Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening, urging her to expedite the process of drafting relationships and sex education (RSE) guidance and consulting on the broader framework for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education; while expressing our hope that the pause in this process, resulting from the General Election, doesn’t compromise the scope or quality of the consultation process the sector was promised, or the timeframe for implementation in 2019.
It is essential that the expertise of all stakeholders is reflected in the new guidance and regulations in order to ensure that they are fit for purpose and will support schools to deliver good quality Relationships and Sex Education. We are also keen to ensure that the government uses the opportunity recent legislation provides to introduce statutory personal social, health and economic education (PSHE) as the framework within which RSE will be taught.
In the meantime, both organisations will be working closely with all our members and stakeholders to ensure that your voices are heard. Your experience as practitioners should play a vital part in informing the regulations and guidance which will help to determine the quality of education on matters of personal health and wellbeing for years to come.