The Department for Education has published final guidance on relationships education and relationships and sex education (RSE) for primary and secondary schools in England.
The statutory guidance sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply when teaching RSE and applies to all schools in England, replacing previous guidance from 2000.
Dr Asha Kasliwal, President of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), said: “The FSRH welcomes the final guidance on relationships education and relationships and sex education. We are pleased to see the addition of menopause as part of reproductive health knowledge that pupils should acquire in secondary schools. We look forward to working with our members to support schools in teaching pupils about the full range of contraceptive methods and pregnancy choices.
“Pupils have the right to access high-quality, factual information that will empower them to make the best decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. The guidance requires schools to provide medically accurate information about pregnancy options, including abortion.
“Free, evidence-based resources such as the Abortion Factsheet launched by the FSRH and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) is a valuable resource to help teachers to do that.”