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18 Mar 2019
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New service to support schools to prepare for statutory Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

An exciting new programme of support for schools in East Sussex is coming soon.   The East Sussex PSHE & RSE Support Service will shortly be engaging with schools to help inform the package of support that will be provided.

East Sussex Public Health has commissioned a new service to support schools to prepare for the introduction of statutory Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education in all primary and secondary schools from September 2020.  The updated draft statutory guidance has recently been published, so this will provide an ideal opportunity to help review the requirements and your school’s readiness.

This new local service, provided by Educator Solutions, will be engaging with schools from April 2019 to help inform the detailed service offer, and will then deliver a range of support up to December 2020. Further information about how to get involved will be provided in a forthcoming VSB article.

The service offer will include:

Understanding your starting point

  • Review your ‘readiness’ for statutory Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) & Health Education and identify your priority next steps using a simple self-assessment tool.

Whole-school support

  • A range of professional development opportunities for PSHE delivery staff, senior leaders and school governors
  • Termly e-bulletins for PSHE delivery staff, senior leaders and school governors, to help you keep up to date.

Resources for your school

  • Customisable model policies
  • Action planning tools
  • Parental engagement templates
  • PSHE curriculum and resources map.

Educator Solutions' gold standard digital RSE Solution Resource will also provide a spiral curriculum and enable flexible delivery. Available for KS1, KS2 and Secondary, each resource includes PSHE lead and teaching guidance, lesson plans with integrated assessment strategies, and fully-inclusive resources. 

Register as an ‘early adopter’ of new statutory requirements

The Department for Education(DfE) is now also recruiting ‘early adopters’ to assess how best to support schools in covering these new statutory subjects.  According to the DfE, schools that register and are selected to take part will:

  • help identify appropriate structures for training that will go out to teachers nationally
  • Receive advanced drafts of ‘school support products’
  • Be invited to attend a national DfE conference in the autumn (space permitting)

Interested schools can register here.  If you are thinking of registering to become an early adopter we would love to hear from you; please contact us at public.health@eastsussex.gov.uk.

Nicola Blake
Nicola Blake
Health Improvement Specialist - Children, Schools and Families

Phone: 01273 335060
Email: nicola.blake@eastsussex.gov.uk