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The Sex Ed Diaries

1. RSE ABC. What does statutory status mean for schools?

  • S1E1
  • 42:50
  • May 18th 2020

From September 2020, Relationships, Sex and Health Education will be statutory in English schools. After decades of campaigning, this is the first time that all schools will be required to teach these subjects.

In this first episode we find out what new RSHE guidance really means for schools and guests explore the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.


  • Lucy Emmerson, Director, Sex Education Forum
  • Anna Martinez, Public Health Officer, Haringey Council
  • Juliet Henry, Head of Skills, Development & Progress, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School
  • Catherine Kirk, RSE Consultant, Nottingham City Council
  • Dougie Boyd, Head of Education, Brook
  • Professor Julia Hirst, Sheffield Hallam University

For a full list of resources featured in ths episode: https://www.sexeddiaries.org/episode-details 

The Sex Ed Diaries

A series focusing on the changes to Relationships and Sex Education in English schools. The show is hosted by Dr Polly Haste, in partnership with sexual health and well-being charity, Brook. Together they probe the questions and dilemmas facing teachers and share the experiences and expertise of those working in the sector. Guests include teachers, researchers, policy makers, health professionals, resource producers, trainers and young people. Content is aimed at teachers and support staff in primary, secondary and special schools and is relevant to anyone interested in Relationships and Sex Education.