Requests to withdraw pupils from RSE

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11 Apr 2019

Updated 7 May

Across Ealing, we have seen a rise in the number of parents who are requesting their child be withdrawn from RSE lessons.

This increase is likely due to the increased media attention surrounding the publication of the new draft statutory guidance for Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education.

As this new guidance does not come into effect until September 2020, parents can withdraw their children from RSE lessons until this time as RSE is not currently statutory.

Parents cannot withdraw their children from aspects of RSE which fall within the statutory science curriculum, as this is a statutory subject.

It is recommended that schools follow their current RSE policy when dealing with requests to withdraw children from RSE lessons and continue to follow their current policy until they have developed a new policy (which meets the requirements set out in the new guidance) or until statutory relationships education come into effect in September 2020.

RSE briefings and training

Three RSE briefings are planned for head teachers to attend before the end of term, where you will find out about the new guidance, what to do now/next, and what support the team will be providing over the next year.

Two are fully booked (16 and 21 May), the third on 22 May has places:

Statutory relationships and sex education - a briefing for headteachers- 16 May (fully booked now, only spaces on waiting list)

Statutory relationships and sex education - a briefing for headteachers - 21 May (fully booked now, only spaces on waiting list)

Statutory relationships and sex education - a briefing for headteachers - 22 May (places available - click on link to book via CPD online)

Other training is also available to help schools who want to start preparing/consulting with parents/staff/pupils:

Further information

See RSE sentiment link and others under related content.

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