In February 2016 the Government announced that it would not make Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE) Education compulsory in schools despite long-standing calls from select committees, campaign groups and leading organisations to do so in order to improve the provision and quality of PSHE teaching. Existing guidance is retained which gives responsibility to schools to determine what is taught, along with an expectation that “all schools should teach PSHE, drawing on good practice”.
The Government acknowledged that PSHE is a crucial part of preparing young people for life and committed to improve the quality of PSHE teaching in schools. Within the next few months the Department for Education will produce an action plan and recommendations for improving PSHE, as well as a PSHE toolkit for schools.
With much media attention given to the debate about the statutory status of PSHE, this briefing aims to help professionals, particularly those less familiar with this area, understand this topic in more detail, providing an overview of:
The policy context and chronology of the debate;
The guidance on PSHE and SRE;
Case studies and examples of good practice;
The key findings and recommendations of the Education Select Committee’s inquiry on PSHE and SRELife lessons: PSHE and SRE in schools published in February 2015 (LGiU has produced a more comprehensive briefing on this HERE);