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RSE: Engaging with parents

Parents cannot opt-out of new statutory relationships education in primary schools, but should still be consulted over the curriculum. Lucy Emmerson looks at how schools can engage with parents

While parents currently have the right to withdraw their child from relationships and sex education (RSE) at primary school, the new statutory relationships education provided from September 2020 will have no opt-out.

As such, the year ahead is an important window to ensure that parents can see what high-quality RSE is really all about.

New Department for Education (DfE) guidance on RSE, relationships education and health education (February 2019) was recently voted through Parliament by a majority of more than 500 MPs. This sends a decisive message, from across the political spectrum, that it is high time all children and young people are offered up-to-date and inclusive RSE.

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