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The Department for Education is introducing compulsory Relationships Education for primary pupils and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for secondary pupils from September 2020. Also, from September 2020 it will be compulsory for all schools to teach health education.

Primary relationships, sex and health education (RSHE)

The new RSHE curriculum became compulsory from September 2020. Schools should have started teaching from that date if they met the statutory requirements.

However If they were not ready, or were unable to meet the requirements, teaching should begin by the start of the summer term 2021.
The focus in Luton primary schools is teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to:
  • friendships
  • family relationships
  • relationships with other children and with adults
Thus ensuring our children are upskilled with the knowledge and tools to:
  • develop into healthy informed and emotionally well citizens within modern Britain
  • be able to recognise harmful behaviours
  • seek help for themselves or others
The recommended Luton primary curriculum is a relationship and health based curriculum with schools and their governors being able to opt in to the sex education teaching elements by agreement.

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Relationships and health education in Luton primary schools

We've adopted a relationships and health curriculum within Luton and support:
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Association approved programmes for Relationships Sex and Health Education (RSHE)
  • other recognised programmes that meet the high standards of PSHE Association
  • the council’s values of embracing equality and diversity, cohesion and inclusion whilst showing respect for others
Current Luton Council recommended programmes are:
  • The Christopher Winter Project (CWP)
  • Discovery Education Health & Relationships
  • Jigsaw
Our guiding principles are that all of the compulsory subject content must:
  • be age appropriate and developmentally appropriate
  • be taught sensitively and inclusively, with respect to the backgrounds and beliefs of pupils and parents
  • promote tolerance of difference, while always with the aim of providing pupils with the appropriate knowledge to thrive in today’s society
The good practice of consulting parents, ensuring school staff are trained to confidently deliver relationships education and that resources are age appropriate and of good quality has always been at the heart of Luton’s programme.
Over 50 per cent of Luton primary schools have successfully been teaching relationship education using the CWP for the past five years.
Schools can continue to use this programme, or be encouraged to adopt a Luton recommended programme as RSHE became statutory from September 2020.
Programmes on average consist of approximately:
  • three lessons per year on RSE as part of the wider PSHE curriculum in reception to year 5
  • four lessons in year 6
The focus in primary schools will be on teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults.
Together with schools, we've always been proactive in implementing age appropriate RSHE programmes that meet the needs of children, working to keep them safe, promoting tolerance and respect and protecting themselves and their peers from others who would seek to do them harm.
Should parents have any concerns or queries about RSHE, they should raise them directly with their child’s head teacher so that any issues can be addressed.

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