The TES is reporting that a decline in PSHE teaching time may mean children are not being taught the risks of strangers and abuse.
Department for Education data shows that, since 2011, the total amount of time secondary schools devoted to personal, social and health education (PSHE) – including lessons in child safety – has fallen by 32 per cent. In 2011, secondary schools around the country delivered a total of 91,800 hours of PSHE lessons. By 2015, this had fallen to 65,200 hours.
In contrast, a YouGov poll, conducted earlier this month, reveals that 92 per cent of parents believe that all pupils should receive lessons about staying safe from abusers and avoiding unsafe contact with strangers.
The poll was commissioned by the PSHE Association, the national body for the subject. Joe Hayman, the association’s chief executive, has said that, if classroom time given to child safety continues to fall at the current rate, by 2020 there would be virtually no lessons delivered in the subject.
“These new figures show an alarming decline, which damages schools’ ability to cover danger, such as contact from strangers online and staying safe from abuse, leaving children at considerable risk,” he said.
Do you think PSHE lessons are essential to educating children on staying safe from abuse? Or are there other methods? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or via Twitter. ~ Meena
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