Fears of ‘confusion’ over PSHE status

Tes is reporting that plans to make sex education compulsory, but leave the rest of the PSHE curriculum non-statutory, could lead to confusion as schools start to “unpick” their current approaches, a new report says today. 

The report published by a coalition of teaching organisations and children’s charities calls for the entire subject of personal, social, health and economic education to be made statutory.

And the report Statutory PSHE Education: meaningful change supported by busy teachers & school leaders adds that doing so is more effective than committing to statutory relationships and sex education (RSE) alone.

It adds that teaching RSE and PSHE separately would “create confusion for schools regarding planning and resourcing”.

“Schools may think they have to ‘unpick’ what they do well now,” the report says. “It is better to spread existing good practice to all schools by making PSHE education statutory.”

The same law which will make RSE compulsory, also gave the Education Secretary the power to make PSHE statutory, subject to careful consideration.

Now the report published by a coalition including the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), the National Education Union (NEU), the NSPCC children’s charity, Sex Education Forum, and PSHE Association is calling for PSHE to be made statutory, saying it would have a meaningful impact on children and young people’s lives, in return for only a modest impact on workload and timetabling.

The report adds that the Children’s Commissioner, the National Police Chiefs Council Lead for Child Sexual Abuse, the Bank of England’s Chief Economist, the Chief Medical Officer, Public Health England, teaching unions, four Commons Select Committees, two Royal societies and six Royal medical colleges all support mandatory PSHE.

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