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On 19 April 2021, Ofsted updated their guidance on Inspecting teaching of the protected characteristics in schools. The document laid out what inspectors will look for when gathering evidence on how schools promote equality and pupils’ understanding of the protected characteristics. The guidance said this: Schools are not required to teach about all the protected characteristics in every year group; that is a matter for the school to decide, and how it plans its curriculum. However, the curriculum should be planned and delivered so that children develop age-appropriate knowledge and understanding during their time at the school. In secondary schools, this includes age-appropriate knowledge of the protected characteristics of sexual orientation and gender reassignment. There are a range of ways schools can choose to teach about these issues in an age-appropriate way. Primary schools could, for example, teach pupils about the different types of family groups that exist within society. Secondary schools could, …Read More
In their recently updated guidance for schools on the Protected Characteristics (see this post), Ofsted affirmed the expectations on schools with regards to the new statutory RSHE curriculum. It said: From 1 September 2020, relationships education is compulsory for all primary school pupils and relationships and sex education (RSE) is compulsory for all secondary school pupils. In 2020, the DfE published a statement that schools should begin teaching RSE and health education by summer term 2021. This requirement has not changed. However, in light of the disruption to and partial closure of schools caused by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the DfE has provided further clarification of the legal requirements, and where schools have flexibility, in the ‘Schools coronavirus operational guidance’. The DfE is aware that the partial closure of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic will impact on the extent to which some schools can meet all of the expectations in …Read More