New sex and health education guidance published – Friday 1 March 2019

This week I report on the new statutory guidance on compulsory sex, relationships and health education as well as a new Schools Financial Value Standard for 2019/20.

New sex and health education guidance
The Government has published new guidance on compulsory sex, relationships and health education which will become compulsory in September 2020. The guidance includes some minor changes since it was published in draft form last year.

Under the new guidance, pupils will be taught relationships education at primary level, relationships and sex education at secondary level and health education throughout all stages.

Primary pupils will be taught about relationships, staying safe online and the link between physical and mental health. Secondary pupils will be taught about issues such as FGM, grooming, forced marriage and domestic abuse.

Health education will cover the importance of getting enough sleep, the dangers of sexting and how to spot the signs of mental health issues.

Changes to the Schools Financial Value Standard for 2019/20
Maintained schools and Management Committees of pupil referral units currently complete the annual Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) assessment form, consisting of 25 questions to help them manage their finances and provide assurance to the LA that they have secure financial management in place.

The standard for 2019 to 2020 has been revised and consists of a checklist and a dashboard. The checklist asks questions of governing bodies in 6 areas of resource management similar to the existing SFVS form and the new dashboard shows how a school’s data compares to thresholds on a range of statistics identified by the DfE as indicators of good resource management and outcomes.

The checklist guidance provides clarification for each question, examples of good practice, and details further support available to assist schools in addressing specific issues. The dashboard guidance provides explanations of the each of the indicators and helps schools in filling in their data and understanding the results.