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England: new relationships education for an online world

03 October 2018

All schools will teach children about good physical and mental health, how to stay safe online and offline, and the importance of healthy relationships.

The proposals mean that from September 2020 all pupils will study compulsory health education, as well as new reformed relationships education in primary school, and relationships and sex education in secondary schools.

Both primary and secondary pupils will learn about staying safe online and using technology responsibly and respectfully. Lessons will address keeping personal information private and challenging harmful content.

Education secretary Damian Hinds said: ‘Many of today’s problems did not exist when we last gave schools guidance on how to teach relationships and sex education 18 years ago.’

Read the Department of Education's new plans here. 

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