Islington Council welcomes the government’s new compulsory subjects of health education, relationships education and relationships and sex education (RSE), which came into effect in September 2020. This makes the majority of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education compulsory and helps ensure that pupils in every school are equipped with the knowledge and skills to keep safe and healthy and respectfully discuss and develop their attitudes and values. It also heps ensure that children are taught, in an age-appropriate way, about families, friendships and respectful relationships, the law, basic first aid, mental and physical wellbeing including changes to their bodies as they grow up, internet safety and harms.
Resources and guidance for schools
Islington RSE policy guidance
The health and wellbeing team have developed a template to support schools in updating their policy in line with the new guidance.
Islington Council statement
Schools are encouraged to use and share this statement of support for the new statutory changes widely.
Are you prepared to teach statutory PSHE?
All the support available to Islington schools to prepare them for teaching health, relationships and sex education as part of PSHE education.
Frequently Asked Questions for parents
Two sheets with answers to the questions parents commonly ask about the changes to the curriculum.
This update informed schools that they can delay introducing the new curriculum for relationships education (primary), RSE (secondary) and health education (all schools) until the start of summer term 2021, if they need to.