The social mobility case for statutory PSHE

PSHE education has significant potential to boost pupils’ life chances.

PSHE helps pupils to develop the character, resilience and skills they need to succeed

It can also reduce barriers to learning for the most disadvantaged pupils by helping them learn about the world of work in a way their more advantaged peers might access through their independent schooling, or friend and family networks.

This paper sets out these benefits in more detail and explores how statutory status for PSHE education could help to realise the huge potential of the subject to deliver these outcomes for the most disadvantaged pupils:


  • Boosting academic success
  • Building character and key skills for life and work
  • Supporting employability
  • Removing barriers to learning


The social mobility case for statutory PSHE