This week the Children and Social Work Bill was discussed in the House of Commons. Plan International published research that young people are far more likely to identify as feminists than their parents. To mark International Women’s Day, Justine Greening and Baroness Shields discussed gender equality.
This week was dominated by the historic announcement by Education Secretary Justine Greening about statutory relationships and sex education from 2019 and opening the door to make PSHE education statutory in its entirety pending an upcoming consultation.
This week we opened bookings for our annual conferences 2017. HIV Awareness in PSHE Lessons was discussed in the House of Commons. The Health Committee published the evidence it received in response to its mental health in schools inquiry. The Scottish Education and Skills Committee published the information it received in its Personal and Social Education inquiry. Finally some written questions were answered by the Government.
This week a number of MPs and organisations sent an open letter to Justine Greening. The Government released its progress on tackling child sexual exploitation. The Local Government Association expressed concerns about STI’s among 20 to 24-year-olds and linked it to a lack of SRE. The Institute of Development Studies launched a review on sex education in the digital era. Finally, two parliamentary questions were answered.
This week a cross-party amendment on relationships education was tabled to the Children and Social Work Bill, resulting in front page story on the Telegraph on sex and relationships education (SRE). The Government responded to the British Youth Council report on racism and religious discrimination, acknowledging the valuable role PSHE could play in tackling both issues. Finally, two parliamentary questions were answered.
This week in Parliament, Justine Greening made promising statements on the importance of a broad PSHE curriculum and PSHE and SRE were discussed as part of a debate on the Digital Economy Bill in the House of Lords. Barnardo’s released shocking data on growing peer-to-peer sexual abuse.
This week a landmark RCPCH report on child physical and mental health recommended statutory PSHE. PSHE and sex and relationships education (SRE) were debated in the House of Commons and various members of parliament and peers asked questions about PSHE. The British Humanist Association published a report suggesting a lack of focus on PSHE and SRE during school Ofsted inspections.
This week Equality and Human Rights Commission chair David Isaac called for sex and relationships education (SRE) in the context of PSHE.,, Caroline Lucas’ PSHE bill was briefly discussed in the House of Commons and the PSHE Association submitted evidence to the Health Committee’s inquiry on the role of education in promoting mental health and emotional wellbeing in children and young people. The Fawcett Society reported high levels of hostility towards woman and consequently called for statutory SRE and the Children’s Society drew a strong link between drug use and sexual exploitation.
This week amendments to the Children and Social Work Bill were debated in parliament. In response to this, the PSHE Association released a joint statement with the NAHT. PSHE was also mentioned several times in other parliamentary discussions and questions. The latest edition of the Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index was launched and Prime Minister Theresa May gave a speech about mental health.
This week the Children’s Commissioner published a report highlighting the urgent need for measures to keep children and young people safe and informed when online. Another review, funded by the NIHR and published in December 2016, concluded that sex and relationships education (SRE) is poorly delivered in many schools.