ASCL response to consultation on relationships education, relationships and sex education, and health education in England

07 November 2018

ASCL welcomes the historic decision to make relationships education in primary schools, RSE in secondary schools, and health education in both phases statutory. We also welcome schools being given the flexibility to shape their curriculum in these areas according to needs of their pupils and communities. 

We agree with the principle that these subjects must be taught in an age-appropriate way, and would like to see the word ‘timely’ added to this principle. Schools are best placed to make decisions about what is age appropriate and timely.

The ASCL view is that all children, including primary age children, should have an entitlement to receive high quality, timely and age appropriate sex education.

Full response to consultation