Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Leadership and Governance, wrote a letter to the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, calling for the teaching of personal, social and health education (PSHE) to be a statutory requirement in schools.
The letter comes following a report in the Independent on Sunday that the government intends to reject the recommendations in Life lessons: PSHE and SRE in schools to make PSHE compulsory. The NGA supports the view that PSHE should be a statutory requirement in schools.
Mr Carmichael repeated his view that the government’s response to Life lessons was ‘feeble’ and urged the Secretary of State to provide a promised updated response as soon as possible. He highlighted last week’s report by the Children’s Commissioner which called for compulsory lessons for life.
All governing boards have a responsibility to provide a broad and balanced curriculum and can play a crucial role in supporting the headteacher to ensure PSHE is given quality time in the school curriculum. For more information see the NGA curriculum page.