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Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) was made a mandatory topic in 2017 with cross-party support. In 2019, 538 MPs voted in favour of the guidance which had widespread support from organisations across health, education, safeguarding and faith groups.

The guidance is now being reviewed. We want the Government to take an evidence-based approach and use this opportunity to build on the 2019 guidance so that it is a practical tool for teachers so that they can provide the RSHE that children and young people want and need. 

What is Rshe?

Relationships, Sex and Health Education covers a broad range of topics to support children and young people to be healthy. This includes Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).

  • RSE is mandatory in all secondary schools in England 
  • Relationships Education is mandatory in all primary schools in England.  
  • The statutory guidance covers the whole of the RSHE curriculum for primary and secondary schools. 

High-quality RSHE is needed now more than ever

The need for inclusive, high-quality RSHE has not gone away. Since 2019 many of the problems it addresses have become more acute including safeguarding children online and off; young people’s poor mental and sexual health; exposure to extreme pornography; misogyny, sexual bullying and harassment; and increasing threats to LGBT+ people.  

Children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world. The evidence is clear that good RSHE is vital to keep them safe, healthy and thriving

High-quality RSHE is:

It safeguards children in today’s digital era. It helps them to understand healthy relationships and consent, recognise abuse and ask for help; and reduces gender-based violence.

It is sequenced to prepare children and young people as they move through puberty, adolescence and into adulthood. It is responsive to the questions children ask, and to current and emerging issues.

It celebrates diversity and is relevant to all students, including those who are disabled and neurodivergent, LGBT+, and from a range of cultural and faith backgrounds.

It is informed by research and by children and young people’s experiences, and delivers scientifically accurate information from reliable sources.

It celebrates healthy relationships, not just addressing risk and harm. It engages with boys and young men and helps young people to aspire to relationships that are supportive, caring and pleasurable.

Alongside developing essential knowledge, it facilitates open discussion and plays a vital role in helping children develop crucial life skills.

It is taught by trained, well supported teachers and specialists. 

It involves parents and carers who are informed about the development of the curriculum, and consulted to ensure RSHE meets the needs of families.

Find out more about the evidence for inclusive RSHE

What needs to happen next to improve the quality of RSHE?

Investment in training for teachers through initial teacher training and continuing professional development is vital. Teachers who are trained, skilled and knowledgeable will be the key to significant improvement in the quality and consistency of RSHE.

The revised guidance should support schools to:

  • Continue and complete the implementation of a comprehensive RSHE curriculum
  • Focus on the development of inter-personal skills from early years alongside RSHE knowledge
  • Use evidence – school level, local and national data, and consultation with young people – to inform the timing and sequencing of the RSHE curriculum
  • Make best use of external resources and organisations to complement in-school expertise 
  • Improve involvement of parents and carers
  • Ensure RSHE is inclusive of, and relevant to, all children from all families

WAYS to get involved

1. Sign our online pledge

I stand up for high-quality, inclusive Relationships Sex and Health Education (RSHE) that empowers children and young people to thrive. 

As the Government updates its RSHE guidance, I stand for RSHE that is:  

  • Protective – keeping children and young people safe in today’s digital era 
  • Developmentally appropriateand responsive to the questions children ask, and to current and emerging issues 
  • Empowering – celebrating healthy relationships, not just addressing risk and harm 
  • Inclusive – Relevant to all students and reflective of the whole community 
  • Evidence-based – informed by research and by children and young people’s experiences 
  • Effective focusing on life skills and open discussion as well as factual knowledge 
  • Professional – taught by trained teachers and supported by specialists 
  • Engaged with parents and carers – to ensure RSE meets the needs of families

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I [your name] stand up for high-quality, inclusive Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) that empowers children and young people to thrive. Pledge your support to help protect RSE in schools!

As the Government updates its RSHE guidance I stand for RSE that is: Protective; Developmentally appropriate; Empowering; Inclusive; Evidence-based; Effective; Taught by trained teachers; Engaged with parents and carers. Pledge your support to help protect RSE in schools!

3. Send a letter to your MP

As the Government redrafts the RSHE guidance, and MPs prepare to debate the future of LGBT+ inclusive RSE, please encourage your MP to get involved. It’s important that MPs know their constituents support high-quality RSHE.

You can email your MP directly via the Write to Them website by putting in your postcode. We have provided some sample text that you can adapt to let them know why you want them to support high-quality RSHE.

Dear [your member of parliament],

I [your name] stand up for high-quality, inclusive Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) that empowers children and young people to thrive.

As the Government updates its guidance I stand for RSHE that is: 

  • Protective – keeping children and young people safe in today’s digital era
  • Developmentally appropriate – and responsive to the questions children ask, and to current and emerging issues 
  • Empowering – celebrating healthy relationships, not just addressing risk and harm
  • Inclusive – relevant to all students and reflective of the whole community 
  • Evidence-based – informed by research and by children and young people’s experiences 
  • Effective – focusing on life skills and open discussion as well as factual knowledge
  • Taught by trained teachers and supported by specialists 
  • Engaged with parents and carers to ensure RSE meets the needs of families

As a constituent I would like you to sign up to this pledge to support high-quality RSHE (, and to stand up for inclusive RSHE in future Parliamentary debates and at every opportunity.

Yours sincerely,



Signatories include…

to help equip my children for life; provide them with a safe place to explore their ideas and understanding

Katie (parent)

It is essential for the current and future health and well-being of every individual. Uninformed young people are not equipped to protect themselves from persons who would take advantage of their vulnerability.
Without RSE, individuals are not equipped to recognise consent, make informed choices about relationships, sex, or pregnancy and are vulnerable to misinformation from individuals with ill-judged or malicious intent.
RSE is a public health issue, and if you wish to look at this from a purely financial stance, RSE reduces the costs of STI management, unintended pregnancy, sexual assault, and chronic SH condition management to name just a few.

Amanda (teacher)

I think it’s very important to educate these subjects I didn’t have much myself when attending school etc and would like my daughter and others to have the access to information they need!

Laura (parent)

I am a speech and language therapist and work with lots of young people who are vulnerable due to the lack of knowledge and understanding around SRE. The need high quality RSE so that they can keep safe and enjoy sex and relationships on their terms.


It is integral to the development of children’s self esteem, identity, understanding of consent, building health relationships and understanding the importance of inclusion and belonging.

Lauren, Southend On Sea (teacher and parent)

It allows young people control over their bodies, relationships and sexuality. This allows for them to make informed decisions and to navigate through these things safely and with the support and trust of others, whilst also understanding risk management. I also believe it is important for everyone to be able explore these topics in a safe, insightful and non-judgemental manner which reduces negative preconceived notions and opens up important dialogues thus allowing young people to freely express their opinions, questions and concerns. Promoting RSE opens up safe-spaces where young people can understand what is normal and when they, or others involved with them, may require extra support or intervention.

Eloise, London

I regularly go into schools and am continually worried by the misconceptions and misinformation young people have
Without the highest quality, regular, ongoing RSE, the situation will not improve and our young people and their relationships will suffer

Leesa, Newcastle Upon Tyne (teacher)

It is so incredibly important to have high quality, inclusive and easily accessible relationship and sex education. It terrifies me hearing/seeing how unaware and/or ignorant to their own autonomy. We need high-quality RSE to protect, educate and support the individuals in need.


I grew up without good RSE. I learnt about gay sex via YouTube and porn. I didn’t know everything I should have about sex when I first started dating which was not only embarrassing but also left me vulnerable.


It promotes safe and consensual sex, helps support and protect LGBTQIA + people and fosters better mental health among young people.

Sarah (teacher and parent)

I believe all people have the right to evidence based and inclusive knowledge about their body, their health, and their sexuality, and to the opportunity to ask questions about them in a safe, non-judgemental environment.

Erin (young person)

Consistency across schools necessary to support young people’s healthy and safe relationships.

If not offered at school e.g. doesn’t cover lgbt sex and relationships, young people seek this out online, difficult to protect from misinformation

Grace (young person)

Young people deserve to have a safe and supportive environment to learn about sex and relationships. A collaborative, honest, safeguarded, and expert conversation that happens throughout a young person’s school life, not just for 3 hours over 15 years, is important for modelling open communication about sex and relationships in society as a whole, and within young people’s own relationships. I think that with this foundation, themes of respect and informed consent will be more a part of sex and relationships. This could eventually lead to a reduction in the amount of sexual violence that happens for young people and adults, a topic that it is imperative to include in comprehensive sex and relationships education.

Daisy (teacher)

As someone who was exposed to sexual activity and content in an inappropriate way as a child, I wish I had better education so that I could have protected myself better and understood that the people doing these things didn’t love me, they took advantage. Knowledge is power, the more information you have access to, the more you can make informed decisions for yourself.


It is important that we have access to reliable information about ourselves and our bodies – if it isn’t provided, we will find it ourselves.

Hannah (young person)

It is vital for safeguarding our young people in an ever changing world.

Louise (teacher), Huddersfield

I needed this when I was a young person.


As a teacher, I witness everyday the damages of poorly designed and delivered RSE. Many of my colleagues lack the knowledge and confidence to tackle these topics appropriately and a large section of parents is falling for the negative rhetoric promoted by politicians and legacy and social media. I am growing scared of the ignorance of young people regarding their bodies, sexuality and healthy relationships, and of the alarming rise in homophobic and transphobic behaviours.

Enya, (teacher), Retford

It is crucial that every young person has the opportunity to learn in depth and high quality RSE to better their understanding of those around them, themselves and the world. Information, safety and inclusivity are so important.

Elise (young person)

Access to high quality RSE is critical to young people to ensure they are empowered to make informed decisions about their sexual health and wellbeing. The internet has brought unprecedented levels of access to imagery, video content and other content that can be harmful, misogynistic and toxic and young people need to be supported to deal with this. Understanding healthy relationships and how to ensure these are formed is vital and requires guidance, schools are uniquely placed to provide this consistent, quality messaging to ensure young people have a judgement free place to ask questions, seek more information and find safety if facing any issues concerning their health and wellbeing.

Ella, Coventry

young people deserve to live in a society where sexual violence fails to exist, where victims are not blamed and where sex is about pleasure, not about the degradation of women.

Joëlle (young person)

I know that good, quality and RSHE in schools helps keep young people safe from harm.

Jo, Leigh on Sea

It is essential to making sure young people are safe in their relationships and safe full stop!

Iqra (young person)

My experience of RSE was so much better than others my age that attended other schools, but it still left a large gap in my knowledge that I had to learn from experience. RSE that is not comprehensive leaves it up to young people to find other sources to fill these gaps, and this leaves them open to misinformation and scaremongering.

Elijah (young person)

It is absolutely vital that children and young people know and understand how to approach, navigate and manage relationships of all sorts. They are key to a happy and productive life – whether that be family, sexual partners, friends or colleagues. By introducing basic concepts at a young age such as keeping safe, talking to a trusted person and consent, we can equip our children with the skills they need to support them building and maintaining healthy relationships. As they get older, we can build on these skills to help them further navigate relationships as they think about partners or sex. Why would we not want to help them with these fundamental things? High quality RSE does all of this in a safe and consistent way, meets children and young people where they are at and ensures they know where to go for help and support if they need it.


It is the foundation for safe and loving relationships

Maria (teacher)

It is so important for the overall health and well-being of everyone to have an inclusive, high quality and well rounded RSE. When I have finished university I am planning to do a course to become an RSE educator!

Alexandria (young person)

I know personally the impact low and high-quality education about sex and relationships can have on a person! Our happiness and wellbeing are so linked to relationships and sex, so providing young people with high-quality accessible information can help everyone lead a happier life.

Rosie, London

I have worked with young people over the last 10 years and the messages are the same. Young people want reliable, factual and inclusive education about relationships, sex, and health, and they want to receive it from a trusted source, such as in schools, or at home. If they are denied this right, they will look elsewhere to understand their bodies, their health, their identity and that is through their peers and online. Young people now, more than ever, have so much information to navigate, and by providing them with an evidence-based curriculum in a safe space, to support their physical and emotional development, they will live happily and healthy lives. I hope we listen more to what young people want from RSE, and ask teachers and parents how we can support them to get it right.

Sarah, Liverpool

It allows students to navigate tricky situations armed with facts and an understanding of risks and rewards.

Maria (teacher)

I want my children, and all young people, to have the knowledge that they need to understand their bodies, sex and relationships to enable them to make informed decisions, be safe and thrive. Without excellent high-quality, inclusive Relationships Sex and Health Education our young people are vulnerable. Education is the best defence against many of the risks in our society. I want our young to go into the world empowered by knowledge and confidence.

Kathleen (parent), Slough

As a parent, I wholeheartedly support RSE because it empowers our children to respect themselves and others, fostering a safer, more inclusive society for everyone.

Louise (parent)

I am a PSHE/RSE lead in a primary school and have the good fortune of teaching PGCE students about the curriculum, including statutory 2020 guidance. It is vital that young people are properly equipped with information that can help them navigate life’s challenges.

Rosie (teacher)

I support RSE because I have a young son and my hope for him is that he grows up in an educated, tolerant world where people take the time to develop and nurture healthy relationships that are based on understanding and mutual respect.

Owen (parent)


Laura-jayne (parent)

I think it is so important to ensure we give our young people as much information as possible on topics such as these so they can develop the skills and knowledge they need to thrive now and in the future.

Natalie (parent)

I work in schools and have seen the positive difference high quality rshe makes to young people’s outcomes, confidence and quality of life.


I believe its every young persons right to be taught RSE so they can grow knowing the basics of there body’s and understand what good healthy relationships are and be able to form these healthy relationships as they learn more about themselves and others.

Leanne (parent), Cornwall

All children and young people should be given the skills and knowledge they need to understand their own bodies and emotions, make empowered, healthy choices and develop safe, happy relationships.

Sam (parent)

It is vital to allow us all to make informed, empowered decisions about our bodies, without external influence. Comprehensive relationship and sex education unlocks possibilities, grants choices to young people, and keeps everyone safe.

Florie, London

Everyone deserves access to comprehensive education, in order to make the best decisions for themselves and their sexual health. Whatever the question or query, people deserve to know the truth about their own sexual health.

Rachel (young person)

Children and young people need these skills to equip them for life. Understanding consent, healthy relationships, how to make informed choices are vital skills, and not just for navigating relationships. Young people should be supported by high quality RSE and schools that are properly trained. It is essential that young people are able to question media representations and to make their own decisions based on assessing evidence, and how it is relevant to their lives. My daughters received very basic RSE from a secondary school who did not prioritise these discussions – and it didn’t feel as if their experience had changed from when I was at school 40 years ago!

Helen (parent)

As a parent and trainee teacher, I see the value in this. Children need to understand the importance of mutually respectful relationships and this is key to a happy and successful life.

Louise (parent and teacher), York

I want my children to understand their own bodies and the changes their bodies will go through.
I want them to have the skills and confidence to negotiate what they do and don’t want from other people
I want them to appreciate that their friends have families that look different to theirs.
I want them to call out sexism and misogyny.
I want them to call out inappropriate behaviour when they see it.
I want them not to assume that their friends are heterosexual.
I want them to be allies to their trans peers.
I want them to have all the knowledge and confidence I didn’t have as a young person.
I want them to feel they can be exactly who they.
I want them to have good RSE – and will fight to make sure they do

Laura (parent), Hull

It gives our children age-appropriate in-depth teaching so they can feel empowered to make informative & hopefully respectful choices.
It’s important to tackle misogyny.
Shame & stigma can kill.
Statistics show that comprehensive RSE creates more positive health outcomes.
It offers everyone to be a part of the conversation and learning, not just from a reproductive heteronormative perspective.

Catriona, London

It is needed to keep our young people safe, as well as physically and mentally well. The subject needs to continue to evolve to meet the needs of our children and young people in an everchanging society. It needs to be inclusive, reflecting the lives CYP are living today to ensure no-one is marginalised nor discriminated against. It also needs to be evidence based; CYPs’ voices must be listened to.

Nicky (parent and teacher), Cheltenham

I am sick and tired of seeing my friends and close ones talk about how their RSE failed to support and protect them, struggle with their LGBTQ identity, be sexually abused and assaulted and be in unhealthy abusive relationships (all of which high quality RSE could have helped to avoid)

Eliza (young person), Nottingham
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