The TES is reporting that an influential group of MPs has urged Nicky Morgan to make the teaching of sex and relationship education statutory in all schools.
The chair of the Commons Education Select Committee has written to the education secretary calling on her to “carefully consider” the merits of introducing statutory status for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education.
In his letter [below], Neil Carmichael states that the government’s response to a previous report into PSHE published by the committee has been “feeble”.
The correspondence comes after the Independent on Sunday reported that the government was poised to rule out making PSHE statutory.
Mr Carmichael said: “The previous education committee, of which I was a member, found the government’s strategy for improving PSHE in schools is weak and highlighted that PSHE requires improvement in 40 per cent of schools.
“The committee recommended introducing statutory status for PSHE, a move which could have a significant impact in helping to keep our children healthy and safe. I urge the secretary of state to report back to my committee and respond to the call for statutory PSHE and outline her strategy for improving the quality of teaching in these areas…”
Read Neil Carmichael’s letter in full:[pdf-embedder url=”https://4cpa373vsw6v3t1suthjdjgv-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Letter-from-the-Committee-to-the-Secretary-of-State-regarding-statutory-status-for-PSHE.pdf”]
Do you welcome this intervention from Neil Carmichael?
And with so many calling for compulsory PSHE from across the political spectrum, what do you think the reasons would be for the government to rule it out?
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