Coram Life Education welcomes statutory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

Published: Friday 3rd March 2017

Coram Life Education (CLE), the UK's leading provider of high quality Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education in primary schools, joins numerous health & wellbeing organisations, policy, academic and parliamentary leads in welcoming the government’s announcement that Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) will become statutory in English schools from September 2019.

Evidence1 shows a strong link between young people’s wellbeing and their educational achievement. CLE’s educators deliver fun and engaging education sessions in 1 in 8 UK primary schools to help children keep themselves healthy and safe.

Harriet Gill, Coram’s Managing Director of Wellbeing and Head of CLE said: “We are delighted at the government’s announcement. Through our extensive work with schools we are aware of the pressing need for RSE to be statutory within the school curriculum. The announcement is particularly timely for CLE as we are developing a comprehensive RSE programme, in partnership with Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. We share a vision for young people’s emotional wellbeing and resilience, and our programme will promote healthy relationships and staying safe and well. We know that happier young people have better health and education outcomes, giving them the best possible chance of achieving their potential. 

Completely in line with the recommended content set out by the government, our RSE programme will consist of a comprehensive set of lesson plans, activities, teacher and parent guidance. The programme will be informed by in-depth research to establish the needs of teachers in delivering the curriculum, and those of children and parents navigating feelings, friendship, relationships, being ‘cyberwise’ and staying safe from harm.”

Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive for Ecclesiastical, said: “We’re proud to be working in partnership with Coram to support this important project.  It provides an important opportunity to help improve young people’s mental health, wellbeing and life chances through forming respectful relationships, both now and in the future.”

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1: Professor Fiona Brooks, H. o. (2014). The link between pupil health and wellbeing and attainment . London: Public Health England.

2: Ecclesiastical is providing £50,000 funding for Respectful Relationships programme which will benefit 200,000 schoolchildren from September 2017.

3: Coram – the UK’s first children’s charity which was established in 1739 - has already been working with Ansvar, who are part of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, for six years. The partnership has totalled over £100,000 in donations and sponsorship, helping more than 23,000 children nationwide.