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Preparing for statutory relationships, sex and health education: updated programme of study for PSHE education (key stages 1-5)

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​The PSHE Association has launched an updated edition of the programme of study for PSHE education to support you to integrate statutory content, by key stage, into your broader PSHE curriculum.

Most of PSHE education becomes statutory for all schools in England from September. This includes relationships education at key stages 1 and 2, relationships and sex education (RSE) at key stages 3 and 4, and health education in both primary and secondary phases.

The Department for Education's statutory Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education guidance sets out what schools must cover. This latest edition of the programme of study will support you to provide a comprehensive programme that integrates but is not limited to, this statutory content.

The statutory guidance is comprehensively covered by learning opportunities for each key stage across the programme's three core themes: 'health and well-being', 'relationships', and 'living in the wider world'. 

Even though much of 'living in the wider world' is not included in the statutory requirements, this core theme is equally important. A high-quality PSHE programme will also cover economic well-being, careers and enterprise education, as well as education for personal safety, including assessing and managing risk.

You can download the free programme of study here.

First published 28 February 2020