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.

Parents and pupils call for statutory PSHE to ensure 'a curriculum for life' for all pupils

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New calls from pupils and parents for statutory PSHE education are included in a report launched today by the PSHE Association which outlines the case for the subject to be a mandatory part of the curriculum.

New study reinforces need to focus on pupil emotional health

The University of Hertfordshire’s 2015 Health Behaviours of School-aged Children (HBSC) report has been published today. The researchers undertook surveys with 5,335 young people aged 11, 13, and 15 on their physical and emotional wellbeing with the final report noting that ‘emotional well-being may be decreasing while physical health is improving’.

Government inaction on child safety education leaves children at risk

  • Telegraph reports that a year after Rotherham child sexual exploitation (CSE) inquiry, child safety education lessons remain optional, despite survivors’ ‘scathing’ verdict on the education they receive
  • PM has called CSE ‘a national threat’, but six months after Commons Education Committee recommended all pupils receive lessons on staying safe, government still has not responded
  • Child safety experts NSPCC, Barnardo’s and the Children’s Commissioner urge the government to act to make PSHE statutory

Deep disappointment in Government delay in responding to Select Committee statutory PSHE recommendation

The PSHE Association today expressed its deep disappointment at the delay in the Government response to the Commons Education Committee’s recommendation that PSHE education should be made a statutory subject. In a Command Paper laid before Parliament today, the Department for Education commits to a decision on this issue later in this year.