PSHE Association responds to Sutton Trust’s Leading People report

Today’s Leading People report from the Sutton Trust demonstrates that jobs in many of the country’s most prestigious professions are disproportionately filled by people who have attended independent schools. The report attributes this to independent school pupils’ access to a range of opportunities in relation to aspirations, non-cognitive skills extracurricular activities and academic attainment which their counterparts in state schools lack.

Extremism and radicalisation – some thoughts from our Subject Specialist, Nick Boddington

Over the past few months we have been increasingly asked for support with teaching about extremism and radicalisation by a range of schools serving a range of different communities. Teachers in all parts of the country, serving both single-sex and mixed-sex schools and pupils of different ages, are seeking help on these issues, and I hope this blog will provide a few thoughts from a PSHE education perspective which might help.

PSHE Association vows to step up statutory status campaign

The PSHE Association has today vowed to step up its campaigning activity in response to reports in yesterday’s Independent which suggested that the Government is considering rejecting statutory status for PSHE Education. Strong recommendations for statutory status were made by the Education Select Committee earlier this year, and statutory status is supported by 90% of parents and 92% of young people as well as over 100 leading bodies.

Waking up to a connected world – a personal view from Nick Boddington

As PSHE teachers we seem to have to know ‘something about almost everything’ and cyber safety has been one area I knew I needed to learn a lot more about.  My guess is that colleagues reading this blog will fall between ‘I know all this!’ at one end and ‘I didn’t have a clue this was possible!’ at the other.  So if this blog simply shows how naïve I was I apologise in advance, but I bet I am not alone.

Statutory PSHE - what more can we do?

In February, the Commons Education Committee recommended that Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education, the subject which teaches pupils to keep healthy and safe and prepares them for life and work, be made a statutory part of the curriculum in English schools. The campaign for statutory status has been going for many years with huge support, so there was much frustration when the Department for Education recently postponed its decision on what to do.