“High-quality Personal, Social, Health and Economic education should be a statutory entitlement for every child and young person” (updated)

1 Mar

Update: 1 March 2017

“Sex and relationships education is to be made compulsory in all schools in England, the government is to announce.” (BBC News)

We welcome the announcement and look forward to further details and the consultation.

Update: 30 November 2016

“PSHE should have statutory status say Committee Chairs: Five Committee Chairs sign letter saying Government should engage constructively on PSHE”

Update: 8 January 2016

The Chairs of Education, Health, Home Affairs, and Business, Innovation, and Skills Committees have joined forces to call on the Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, to move towards PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) becoming statutory in all schools.

PSHE Association’s response.

Update: 27 November 2015

The Education Committee has published a letter from Neil Carmichael, Chair of the Education Committee, to the Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, on the issue of statutory status for PSHE. (See also February 2015 below and PSHE Association’s campaign.)

12 June 2015

“High-quality Personal, Social, Health and Economic education should be a statutory entitlement for every child and young person”

Voice is supporting the PSHE Association’s PSHE Pledge

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17 February 2015

Making sex and relationships education statutory (updated)

The Commons Education Committee says Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in schools should be given statutory status, in a report published on Tuesday 17 February.

The PSHE Association has warmly welcomed the recommendations.

Voice has welcomed the Committee’s report. See Voice’s support for the campagin below.

Do let us know your views…

 

30 October 2014:  “SRE: It’s my right”

A letter from four teaching unions, including Voice, was published in The Times (30 October 2014) in support of the Sex Education Forum’s “SRE – It’s my right” campaign:

“Sir, Education should prepare children for adult life, and curriculums should promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils – including teaching about sex and relationships. Last week two MPs brought bills before parliament calling for the statutory provision of sex and relationships education (SRE) and personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education.

“As new issues emerge in these areas – such as the accessibility of pornography over mobile phones and the web – it is important that there are educators fully trained to teach on the subject.

“Our education unions are supporting the Sex Education Forum’s ‘It’s my right’ campaign, and we call on all political parties to commit to making SRE statutory as part of an entitlement to PSHE education.”

Deborah Lawson, General Secretary, Voice; Dr Mary Bousted, General Secretary, Association of Teachers and Lecturers; Russell Hobby, General Secretary, National Association of Head Teachers; Christine Blower, General Secretary, National Union of Teachers.

Further information

Voice’s written evidence  to The Education Committee’s Inquiry into Personal, Social, Health and Economic education and Sex and Relationships Education in schools has been published by the Committee. A summary of the key points, plus further information and articles on sex and relationships education, is available here.

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7 Responses to ““High-quality Personal, Social, Health and Economic education should be a statutory entitlement for every child and young person” (updated)”

  1. Richard Fraser 18. Dec, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    House of Commons Research briefing: Sex and Relationship Education in Schools (England)
    http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN06103

  2. Richard Fraser 05. Jan, 2017 at 9:28 am #

    Children’s Commissioner for England: “Children left to fend for themselves in the digital world”
    http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/news/children-left-fend-themselves-digital-world
    and
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38508888

  3. Richard Fraser 11. Jan, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

    In SecEd:
    “The time is now for statutory PSHE and SRE”
    http://www.sec-ed.co.uk/blog/the-time-is-now-for-statutory-pshe-and-sre/

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