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…
UPDATE: Here’s how it went…
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