Make PSHE lessons compulsory, says Green Party MP

The BBC is reporting that Green Party MP Caroline Lucas is reintroducing a bill in Parliament saying PSHE should be a statutory subject in all state schools in England…

…Ms Lucas previously tabled a bill for compulsory PSHE in July 2014.

Currently the subject, which covers core issues relating to health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world, is not statutory in England.

But the national curriculum says all schools should make provision for PSHE using high quality teaching resources.

The PSHE Bill was presented to Parliament for its first reading on 7 July 2014 but there was no debate and it made no further progress.

Now Ms Lucas hopes to persuade ministers to look at the issue again as she introduces a bill under the 10-minute rule on Wednesday.

The bill would require:

  • PSHE to be a statutory subject for all state-funded schools in England and Wales
  • for these lessons to include Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)
  • education on ending violence against women and girls
  • teacher training and guidance on best practice for delivering these lessons

Ms Lucas said PSHE was a “crucial part” of a child’s education and claimed to have widespread support for the bill.

“Lessons which help keep young people safe, healthy and happy and aid employability shouldn’t be subject to a postcode lottery,” she said…

But Norman Wells, director of the Family Education Trust, said this was the responsibility of parents, and the state – through schools and other agencies – should not undermine them by assuming a parental role…

A spokesman for the Department for Education said: “PSHE is a vital part of preparing young people for life in modern Britain and we know good schools are already offering it…

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  1. If only PSHE delivered a more moral message; the attitude in our area is that as long as you don’t get pregnant (we don’t want teenage pregnancies of course) it doesn’t matter what you do. Making PSHE compulsory will alienate people who try to bring up their children with ‘old fashioned’ morals.

  2. CarlJLander

    SchoolsImprove why are we not surprised the approach the Family Ed Trust are taking. They seem to think sex is permissive

  3. Busy Mum

    @TW helisabethp Why should the government get to decide which moral message is delivered via the education system?

  4. Busy Mum

    @TW helisabethp Why should the government get to decide which moral message is delivered via the education system?

  5. spawneedave

    CarlJLander SchoolsImprove Family Ed Trust seem to misunderstand what school is there for! It’s to educate, on a range of subjects, be it English or maths, biology, as well as personal, social and health education

  6. spawneedave

    Busy Mum helisabethp Because school is about educating students on a range of subjects and issues. So moral, legal, social, and ethical issues should be covered by PSHE. They were when I was at school. I do think that PSHE should also include politics too!

  7. Busy Mum

    spawneedave CarlJLander SchoolsImprove But some of us actually disagree with that statement and believe school should be about factual education only; leave the rest of it to parents! 
    Another thread today has headteachers moaning about having to clean the pupils’ teeth –  I agree with them on this front but sorry,  teachers cannot pick and choose which bits of health education they do want to steal from parents and which bits they don’t.

  8. Busy Mum

    spawneedave CarlJLander SchoolsImprove But some of us actually disagree with that statement and believe school should be about factual education only; leave the rest of it to parents! 
    Another thread today has headteachers moaning about having to clean the pupils’ teeth –  I agree with them on this front but sorry,  teachers cannot pick and choose which bits of health education they do want to steal from parents and which bits they don’t.

  9. spawneedave

    Busy Mum spawneedave CarlJLander SchoolsImprove Factual education, so we should scrap creation myths such as those found in the book of Genesis?

  10. Busy Mum helisabethp  As TW implies there is more than one moral message; at present only one (the one which I consider to be immoral) is delivered. I totally agree with Busy Mum, that it is not up to the Government to decide which morals are taught to our children.

  11. Busy Mum

    helisabethp Busy Mum Exactly – and whilst we may say the current message is immoral, it is worse than that because it is amoral. I have come across several teachers who recite the government mantra with a perfectly straight face…”There is no clear right and wrong”.

  12. Busy Mum

    spawneedave Busy Mum CarlJLander SchoolsImprove Creation accounts are taught as precisely that – fictional myths.

    Yes, factual education, so that means being honest with the children and teaching evolution as a theory too, rather than as a fact.

  13. spawneedave Busy Mum CarlJLander SchoolsImprove  Honestly, we have been through all this before; some think one thing, some another. Teach it all as theory and leave it to the parents to enlarge at home, rather than the government deciding what the nation is to believe.

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