Leadership and management of SRE

Resources for RSE leadership 

The Local Government Association (LGA), RSE Hub, Public Health England and Sex Education Forum have produced a briefing for local authorities on the role councillors can play in supporting RSE.

The briefing aims to support the transition stage to statutory status for RSE in September 2019. It supports leaders in local councils to better understand the importance of quality RSE in the context of contributing to the safeguarding, sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing of children and young people and to take proactive steps to influence good quality local provision.

Councillor Izzi Seccombe OBE, Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board said:

"It is vital that local authorities work with all schools in their area to influence and commission consistent good quality RSE as part of their responsibilities to improve public health outcomes for children, young people and families".

Download: Relationships and sex education; Contributing to the safeguarding, sexual & reproductive health and wellbeing of children and young people. What role can councillors play? (2018) 

This updates a briefing first published in 2013 to coincide with the transfer of responsibility for public health to local government.



Other useful resources


Sex and relationships education: government guidance (2000)
Legally, all state-funded schools must pay due regard to this government guidance on SRE. Gov.uk web-site.  

Tackling teenage pregnancy: local government's new public health role (April 2013)
This briefing for councillors and officers explains the challenges facing councils and the  opportunities they have to tackle teenage pregnancy and reduce health inequalities in local communities. Available to download from the LGA web-site.

School Health Service; briefing for local council members (April 2013)
The LGA and the Department of Health have produced a briefing for lead members on the School Health Service. The briefing explains what the school nursing service is and how school nurses can work with local authorities to deliver effective public health programmes. Available to download from Gov.uk web-site.

Developing strong relationships and supporting positive sexual health (March 2014)
The Department of Health has produced a set of new guidance on school nursing including this pathway for sexual health which includes a set of 11 tips from the Sex Education Forum explaining how school nurses can effectively support SRE. Gov.uk web-site.


To understand more about good quality SRE have a look at our free check-list for schools, which includes links to useful resources for Headteachers, governors, teachers and parents.