Early Adopter School Programme - Applications Now Open

This article has been brought to you by Slough Borough Council's Public Health Programme Officer, Timothy Howells, for the attention of all Primary and Secondary Schools in Slough.


Application now open for Early Adopter School Programme for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education [Closing 29th March]

From September 2020, subject to parliamentary approval, the following subjects will become compulsory:

  • Relationships Education for primary schools
  • Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for secondary schools
  • Health Education in all state maintained schools 

On Monday 25 February, the DfE laid regulations for the above subjects and awaits parliament’s approval. The department also published the updated statutory guidance and the government’s response to the consultation on the draft statutory guidance and regulations. These can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/relationships-and-sex-education-and-health-education.

The department is looking for schools to act as early adopters of this curriculum and begin teaching the new subjects from September 2019.

The department wants a strong reference group of schools to work with, leading up to and during the academic year 2019 to 2020, as support and training materials are prepared for full compulsory teaching. This approach allows early adopter schools the opportunity to assist the department to shape the advice for schools.

If you have any questions about the registration process or the Early Adopter School Programme in general you can contact Jamie Tattersall, Policy Advisor, Early Years & Schools Group at DfE (Jamie.TATTERSALL@education.gov.uk). Schools can also contact DfE directly at rshe.earlyadopters@education.gov.uk.