Support for PSHE education

Despite the importance of PSHE education and the evidence of its potential, it isn’t held to the same standards as other subjects on the curriculum, meaning that millions of pupils miss out on the high-quality learning they need and deserve.

Our campaign for PSHE education to be given the same status as other subjects has gained huge public, professional and political support including four Parliamentary select committees, the Children’s Commissioner, the Chief Medical Officer, the Association for Directors of Public Health, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, the Association of Independent Local Safeguarding Children Boards Chairs, two royal societies, five leading unions, six medical royal colleges, over 100 expert bodies including the NSPCC, 85% of business leaders, 88% of teachers, 92% of parents and 92% of young people.

In late 2015 we published our landmark 'A curriculum for life' report which brings together compelling evidence that high-quality PSHE education helps to keep children and young people safe, mentally and physically healthy and prepare them for life and work.

The cross-party Commons Education Committee has recommended that PSHE education be brought into line with other subjects, along with the Commons Home Affairs Committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights. In January 2016, four Select Committee Chairs took the unprecedented step of writing a joint letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan on the subject; 15 APPG Chairs writing to the Telegraph and a coalition of experts writing to the Times have also raised the issue. In July 2015, 188 MPs from across the political spectrum voted in favour of a motion supporting statutory status (with just 44 voting against).

PSHE education is the part of the curriculum in which pupils learn how to stay healthy and safe and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Yet despite its importance and the evidence of its potential, the subject isn’t statutory, meaning that millions of pupils miss out on the high-quality learning they need and deserve.

Find out more about the case for statutory PSHE education below.

Over 120 leading organisations support the teaching of high-quality PSHE education in all schools