Nicky Morgan: making PSHE statutory would do little to tackle the subject’s problems

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…

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See also: Nicky Morgan decision on sex education branded a “missed opportunity” by leading campaigners


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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  1. PSHE won’t be ‘at the heart of a whole-school ethos’ unless it’s given equal status with other subjects.  Morgan doesn’t seem to have considered the reason for the dire quality of much PSHE is that it’s pushed to one side (along with creative subjects) because of league tables.  It’s often relegated to ‘tutorials’ with staff with no training in PSHE, or claims are made that it’s delivered via subjects (eg sex ed in science; relationships in English).
    Not good enough.

  2. rosylight

    TheParentsZone I think difficult to ensure consistent quality/training/skills needed without requiring the subject to be taught…but…1/2

  3. rosylight

    TheParentsZone 2/2 I also think we must all find ways to improve YP experience & narrow focus only on statutory PSHE is blinkered.

  4. psychohut

    SchoolsImprove Makes little sense. They could have said ‘we’ll make it compulsory in 2 years, and in the meantime improve quality’.

  5. colin_lever

    SchoolsImprove so where do we educate about community,health,well-being, social responsibility?O,I forgot,this government has no conscience

  6. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Cutting schools’ funding will make it less likely that PSHE delivery will improve as it should be delivered by specialists

  7. Busy Mum

    colin_lever SchoolsImprove Where do we edcaute abotu community, health, well-being and socail responsibility?
    Have you not heard of the family?

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