The PSHE Association has welcomed today’s report from the Women and Equalities Committee into sexual harassment and violence in schools, and its recommendation that the government makes PSHE education a statutory subject on the curriculum.
The PSHE Association has issued a warning to the Government over serious risks to child safety – as official figures show a significant fall in time allocated to PSHE education on the curriculum, including lessons on how pupils can help to keep themselves and others safe from abuse and online dangers.
New analysis of Department for Education data showing how secondary schools allocate their curriculum has revealed that the time spent teaching PSHE education has fallen by over 32% in just four years.*
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:
PSHE Association welcomes DfE focus on resilience to extremism and calls for more support for teachers
The Government has today launched a new resource hub for teachers, school leaders and parents seeking to educate young people about radicalisation and extremism and increase the resilience of vulnerable young people. The site Educate Against Hate is part of a package of measures announced by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan today, and includes resources developed by the NSPCC.
PSHE Association Chief Executive Joe Hayman said:
The PSHE Association has welcomed David Cameron’s focus on young people in his speech on life chances yesterday, in which the Prime Minister addressed a range of key issues relevant to PSHE education, including improving mental health, building stronger relationships, reducing substance misuse and focussing on financial education, employability, character and resilience in schools.
Responding, 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.
In her annual report published today, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Professor Dame Sally Davies, recommended that the Department for Education and Department of Health make PSHE education “a routine part of all children’s education”.