RSE: Getting parents on board

Statutory relationships education is approaching and schools will want to have their parents’ support for the new-look curriculum. Lucy Emmerson advises

Worries about parental reactions have often held schools back from providing a full programme of relationships and sex education (RSE) for their pupils.

But with statutory RSE required from September 2019 – relationships education in primary schools – it is the ideal time to start talking to the whole-school community about your plans.

There are lots of ways to make this easier and plenty of research to give you confidence about the way forward.
Important facts to remember are that the majority of parents are very supportive of schools providing RSE, and also want to play a part in educating their children at home. In surveys young people say that school is their first choice for RSE, followed by their parents, but in reality, many parents are falling short in providing RSE at home.

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