nasen's response to consultation: Changes to the teaching of Sex & Relationship Education and PSHE
Read how nasen responded to this consultation which closed on 12th February.
Pupils in England’s schools are currently taught about relationships, health and the wider world through sex and relationship education (SRE) and personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) lessons; Sex education is currently only mandatory in maintained secondary schools however. The associated guidance was last updated in 2000 and so is now out of date.
The Children and Social Work Act 2017, placed a duty on the Secretary of State for Education to make the new subjects of Relationships Education at primary and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at secondary mandatory. Relationships and Sex Education will replace SRE.
In light of the above, the Department for Education, in December 2017, asked for views from both adults and young people, on how the content of the subjects and how the current guidance on sex education should be updated.
nasen is always very keen to represent the views of our members on topics relating to children and young people with SEND; you can read our response to the request for views below.
Michael has a background in primary education both in the UK and abroad and has worked as a class teacher, SENCo and Deputy Head. Since 2008 Michael worked for Birmingham Local Authority as part of the leadership team of a SEN advisory service developing schools’ provision for children and young people with SEN. Michael was seconded to nasen in August 2015 to work on the DfE funded project to develop a nationwide offer of free online CPD for all practitioners in sectors from 0 – 25.