Today’s Leading People report from the Sutton Trust demonstrates that jobs in many of the country’s most prestigious professions are disproportionately filled by people who have attended independent schools. The report attributes this to independent school pupils’ access to a range of opportunities in relation to aspirations, non-cognitive skills extracurricular activities and academic attainment which their counterparts in state schools lack.
The PSHE Association has expressed deep disappointment about the Government’s decision to reject the Commons Education Committee’s recommendation that PSHE education should become a statutory subject.
Chief Executive Joe Hayman said:
The PSHE Association today welcomed a joint letter from the chairs of the Commons Education, Home Affairs, Health and Business, Innovation and Skills Committees calling on government to make PSHE education a statutory part of the curriculum.
The PSHE Association welcomes the government’s consultation on proposed changes to its statutory safeguarding guidance for schools and colleges, ‘Keeping children safe in education’, which opened today.
Over the past few months we have been increasingly asked for support with teaching about extremism and radicalisation by a range of schools serving a range of different communities. Teachers in all parts of the country, serving both single-sex and mixed-sex schools and pupils of different ages, are seeking help on these issues, and I hope this blog will provide a few thoughts from a PSHE education perspective which might help.
The PSHE Association has today vowed to step up its campaigning activity in response to reports in yesterday’s Independent which suggested that the Government is considering rejecting statutory status for PSHE Education. Strong recommendations for statutory status were made by the Education Select Committee earlier this year, and statutory status is supported by 90% of parents and 92% of young people as well as over 100 leading bodies.
As PSHE teachers we seem to have to know ‘something about almost everything’ and cyber safety has been one area I knew I needed to learn a lot more about. My guess is that colleagues reading this blog will fall between ‘I know all this!’ at one end and ‘I didn’t have a clue this was possible!’ at the other. So if this blog simply shows how naïve I was I apologise in advance, but I bet I am not alone.
In February, the Commons Education Committee recommended that Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education, the subject which teaches pupils to keep healthy and safe and prepares them for life and work, be made a statutory part of the curriculum in English schools. The campaign for statutory status has been going for many years with huge support, so there was much frustration when the Department for Education recently postponed its decision on what to do.
PSHE Association subject specialist Nick Boddington blogs about why PSHE education is essential to preparing pupils for the future - and the genius of the Education Reform Act.
It is a historic day for PSHE education. The Commons Education Committee’s landmark report recommending statutory status is a huge step on our journey to ensuring that all children and young people have access to the high-quality learning they need and deserve.
But what happens now?