The TES is reporting that Nicky Morgan is not going to prioritise making sex and relationships education statutory in all schools – despite a major campaign by MPs for it to happen.
Nicky Morgan believes that making personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) compulsory would do little to tackle “the most pressing problems” with the subject.
In a letter to Neil Carmichael, chair of the Commons Education Select Committee, the education secretary said the government’s “immediate focus will be on improving the quality of PSHE teaching in our schools.”
Last month, four select committee chairs – including Mr Carmichael – sent a joint letter to Ms Morgan, which urged her to make tackling the issue around PSHE her “new year’s resolution”, after delaying a response to the growing campaign…
In her response, Ms Morgan agreed that making PSHE statutory “would give it equal status with other subjects”. But she stressed that the government was already focusing on the “variable quality of its provision”.
The Department for Education will produce an action plan and recommendations for improving PSHE in schools in the next few months – including a PSHE toolkit for schools…
Read or download the letter in full:
What do you think about Nicky Morgan’s response to Neil Carmichael here?
Does she make valid points and the likely impact (or lack of it) of making PSHE and SRE compulsory on the quality of provision?
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