The government is committing to mandatory health education in all schools. This is excellent news and real progress in terms of PSHE becoming a statutory subject. Health and wellbeing are key to PSHE education, and this gives a real reminder to schools on the importance of regular, high-quality PSHE for all pupils.
Under the proposals, all pupils will study compulsory health education as well as new reformed Relationships Education in primary school and Relationships and Sex Education in secondary school.
The guidance – which was last updated in 2000 – will become compulsory in all schools across the country from September 2020. You can read more about this via https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-relationships-and-health-education-in-schools
The DfE are seeking views on the draft regulations and statutory guidance relating to Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education, and whether the statutory guidance provides sufficient information and support to schools in teaching the subjects. You can find out more about being involved in this consultation via https://consult.education.gov.uk/pshe/relationships-education-rse-health-education/.