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RSE and PSHE Consultation

RSE and PSHE Consultation

Thank you for downloading SPUC’s briefing materials and for taking part in the Government's RSE consultation which closed on 12 February. You can read Safe at School's official submission to the consultation by clicking here.

What happens now?

Officials will now go through the responses and, if following standard public consultation procedures, will likely produce a document which sets out a summary of the type of comments received and the views expressed. Such documents often include, for example, the percentages of those who supported certain proposals and those who were against. Results of Government consultations are normally published on the main Government website (, and we will also announce and comment on the report’s publication through Safe at School.

The Government has stated that the consultation will inform final draft regulations and guidance on Relationships Education, RSE and PSHE which will go before both Houses of Parliament for debate. This should happen in time for them to be passed before Parliament rises for its summer recess in late July. The final statutory guidance will then be published so that schools will have a year to prepare for their full implementation in September 2019. Schools will then have a legal obligation to deliver the new compulsory subjects according to the guidance, including Relationships Education at primary school for which parents will have no legal right to withdraw their children.

Whatever the outcome of the consultation, SPUC Safe at School will be continuing its campaign to defend parents’ rights as the primary educators of their children, and to support them in protecting their children from the consequences of this new legislation. It is very important to have a strong collective voice in favour of parental rights over what our children are taught; about the benefits of teaching about natural marriage and the family, about respect for human life, and for our children to be protected from LGBT ideology and harmful forms of sex education.

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