The Commons Education Committee has today announced an inquiry into Personal, Social, Health and Economic education and Sex and Relationships Education. The Committee has asked for written submissions by the 6th of June on the following questions:
- Whether PSHE ought to be statutory, either as part of the National Curriculum or through some other means of entitlement.
- Whether the current accountability system is sufficient to ensure that schools focus on PSHE.
- The overall provision of Sex and Relationships Education in schools and the quality of its teaching, including in primary schools and academies.
- Whether recent Government steps to supplement the guidance on teaching about sex and relationships, including consent, abuse between teenagers and cyber-bullying, are adequate.
- How the effectiveness of SRE should be measured.
Welcoming the inquiry, PSHE Association Chief Executive Joe Hayman said:
“The Committee is asking all the right questions about PSHE education and at the right time, so we look forward to working with our members and colleagues across the PSHE community over the coming weeks on our response to the inquiry. Ofsted said last year that PSHE education was ‘not yet good enough’; we hope the Committee will help us to improve that position.”
We'll be in touch with members with more information on responding to the inquiry soon, in the meantime you can read more about inquiry and what it entails here.
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