Explaining the RSE changes to Parents - template letter

Here is Think2Speak’s template letter to help schools explain to parents about the RSE changes ready for September 2020. Copy, paste and adapt the text below to suit your school.

Dear Parents and Carers, 

 You will be aware that, as a part of your child’s educational experience at (insert school name), we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives children and young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.  

As you may be aware, from September 2020 the Department for Education is making Relationships and Health Education (Primary) and Relationships Sex Education and Health Education compulsory in all schools. Along with other schools we are gradually introducing some of the changes throughout this school year. 

What does the new guidance mean? 

The new guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. 

Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, it will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and will help them take responsibility for their own well-being. 

All of the sessions will be age-appropriate and meet the needs of all pupils in the class.  

How will this be delivered?

This guidance will form part of our school’s PSHE education programme which is taught throughout the school in every year group and is monitored and reviewed regularly by the staff and governing body. 

For more detail about our PSHE curriculum offer, please visit the school’s website: (insert link to curriculum information here). All teaching in PSHE will take place in a safe learning environment and be underpinned by our school ethos and values. A variety of opportunities will be provided for pupils to ask questions to further their understanding and to find out more about what affects them personally.. 

What if I have questions?

To introduce parents to this concept and to ensure everyone is informed, we would like to invite you to attend a parent information meeting on (insert time/date) to find out more about what your child will learn, view the materials and resources being used in lessons and discover how you can best support your child to discuss these topics at home. 

As a school community, we are committed to working with parents. Recent feedback from parents has indicated the overwhelming majority continue to be highly supportive of the relationships and sex education programme.  

If you would like to find out more please contact   

Yours sincerely, 

(Subject lead for PSHE education & contact email address) 


The guidance for schools can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education.