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As you will probably know, the Department for Education have now made Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education mandatory in primary and secondary schools, respectively. The government extended the September 2020 deadline for this to be implemented by September 2021 due to the pandemic and have stated this is the final deadline. The aim of this new curriculum is to ensure that all pupils know how to keep themselves safe and healthy, whilst managing their social, personal and academic lives positively.
Through the teaching of Science and Relationships Education, primary aged pupils must be taught about different relationships, including online and offline ones and to understand that people behave differently online; types of bullying and peer pressure; what to do if someone makes them feel uncomfortable and where they can seek advice and report their concerns. They also explore the impact of taking drugs on the body’s functions and a person’s health and their behaviour.
In secondary school, students learn how alcohol and drugs can lead to risky sexual behaviour; different forms of exploitation, including ‘county lines’ drugs operations; alcohol and substance misuse; and how smoking can affect health, such as human gas exchanges.
If you would like to view our digital resources that can support the delivery of these vital topics, please visit https://cadas.co.uk/new-digital-awareness-sessions-for-schools/ or contact our Young People Service Manager, Emma, on 0300 111 4002 or 07745 266555, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org