Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) Consultation

Closed 24 Nov 2023

Opened 1 Sep 2023


Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE)

The Department of Education has launched a consultation on the circumstances and arrangements which would enable a parent/carer to excuse their child from receiving age-appropriate, comprehensive and scientifically accurate education on sexual and reproductive health and rights, covering prevention of early pregnancy and access to abortion. 


Consultation Period

The consultation will run from 1 September until 24 November 2023. 

Your response can be made through Citizen Space, directly to the Department at or in writing to Curriculum Team, Room S1, Rathgael House, Balloo Road, Rathgill, Bangor BT19 7PR.  

The Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) Consultation booklet is available to download from the DE website


Why your views matter

The Department would encourage you to take the time to consider and respond to the Consultation which will help inform future guidance for schools on these important and sensitive subjects.  

What happens next

Upon the conclusion of the consultation we will summarise and publish a summary of the responses to this consultation


  • Parents
  • School students
  • All stakeholders
  • Citizens
  • Voluntary and Community Sector
  • Teachers
  • Schools


  • Post-Primary Education
  • Youth Sector and Youth Services