British Medical Journal editorial links pupil health and wellbeing with attainment and employability

The PSHE Association welcomes today’s British Medical Journal editorial on the importance of pupil health, wellbeing and personal development, and their positive impact on academic attainment and employability. The authors suggest policy solutions such as making PSHE education a statutory subject and school inspectors looking more closely at pupil health and personal development.

PSHE Association Chief Executive Joe Hayman said:

“This reminder of the importance of pupil health, wellbeing and personal development is both welcome and timely, coming as it does as political parties consider their election manifestos and the Commons Education Committee takes evidence for its inquiry into PSHE education.

The authors reinforce the role of wellbeing and development in raising academic attainment and highlight how social and emotional skills – such as resilience and team-working – contribute to pupils’ preparation for the world of work.

This important intervention in such a respected journal adds weight to calls for statutory PSHE education from a wide and growing coalition of leading organisations and individuals. We look forward to working with these partners to make the case to political leaders in the weeks and months ahead.”


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