Human rights education, trainings and awareness raising – Government action

Government action

UK Government actions

  • In October 2020, the UK Government updated the ‘headteachers’ standards’, which set baseline expectations for professional practice and conduct, to include showing ‘tolerance of and respect for the rights of others, recognising differences and respecting cultural diversity within contemporary Britain’.
  • In September 2020, regulations came into force making relationships education compulsory for primary pupils, relationships and sex education compulsory for secondary pupils and health education compulsory in all schools, except independents. Statutory guidance sets out that this should include the importance of respecting others, stereotypes and the legal rights and responsibilities regarding equality. A whole-school approach is encouraged, with school policies and culture complementing the curriculum, and support and training materials for schools have been developed.
  • In July 2020, due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the UK Government published guidance giving schools in England some flexibility for a phased start if they were not prepared to fully implement changes to relationships and sex education (RSE) and relationships education (RelEd) from 1 September 2020. All schools were expected to be compliant by summer term 2021.
  • In March 2021, the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities recommended that the Department for Education should work with a panel of independent experts to produce high-quality teaching resources to tell the multiple, nuanced stories of the contributions made by different groups to the UK.
  • In November 2018, the UK Government launched a voluntary training package on children’s rights for civeil servants.

Read our assessment of the UK Government’s progress on human rights education, trainings and awareness raising.

Welsh Government actions

Although education policy is devolved to the Welsh Government, other elements of human rights awareness raising are reserved to the UK Government, such as training of officials in professions such as the judiciary.

Read our assessment of the Welsh Government’s progress on human rights education, trainings and awareness raising.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 12/07/2021