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It has been a wonderful year here at PSHE education.

I have had the pleasure of working with many terrific young people, their parents, carers and teachers delivering workshops and talks on all things PSHE.

I have worked alongside some fantastic colleagues to develop and create educational resources for a variety of big name companies and organisations.

I have also continued to write features for children around the world as the 'Resident Life Expert' for Aquila Magazine and finally completed my first book, hopefully to be published in the new year.

I have loved every minute of it and thoroughly enjoyed working alongside so many interesting and inspiring people of all ages.

May I wish you all a good end to the term/year and a relaxing break. I am looking forward to working with you all in 2017.

Autumn already? Not quite sure how that happened! The summer flew by with me working on my writing alongside PSHE schemes of work for clients whilst also researching and planning my own for this new academic year.
September saw me back to colleges and schools with some new sessions on cyber bullying, consent, healthy living, self esteem, pornography, respect, self awareness, sexting and child sexual exploitation already doing the rounds and receiving some terrific feedback.
October shows no let up with a booking as keynote speaker at a teachers conference next week, working with more children, young people, their parents and staff, more writing and also working for a wonderful forward-thinking village community... I do love my work!
To all my school clients in the independent sector breaking up this week, may I wish you a wonderful summer and to all my clients in the state sector - hang on in there, not long now! It's been a pleasure working with you all and I look forward to supporting your PSHE provision in the new academic year. I shall be working all summer and building new sessions for children, teens, parents and staff in 2016-2017 so don't hesitate to contact me should you have any queries or wish to secure bookings.

I am excited to share my first feature for Aquila magazine on Happiness.

My next piece for Aquila is out in the July/August edition and I am writing a fiction book for teenagers & young adults too - more to be announced. Watch this space!
Looking forward to my first piece for the wonderful Aquila children's magazine published in the April edition.

"We’ll be investigating stalactites and showing you how to grow your very own; meeting a meerkat mob, delving into the history of the London Underground, finding out all about happiness and learning how to cultivate it. All that, plus a super special invitation for all you avid book readers."

Below, hot off the press is a letter from the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP to Neil Carmichael MP & Chair of the Education Select Committee regarding the issues of making PSHE a statutory subject.

Unfortunately it does not appear to show any steps forward to make PSHE statutory although this is still remaining open for review.

On a more positive note however the letter does uphold the importance of PSHE and says that teaching needs to be improved in many schools and that 'over the next few months they (a group of leading headteachers and practitioners) will produce an action plan and recommendations for improving PSHE..."



The Chairs of Education, Health, Home Affairs, and Business, Innovation, and Skills Committees have joined forces to call on the Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, to move towards PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) becoming statutory in all schools.

Government misses deadline

The Government has missed its own deadline for responding in full to the Education Committee’s recommendation to make PSHE statutory in all schools. Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State, promised to return to the issue of statutory PSHE before the end of 2015, but has yet to do so.

Chair's comment

Neil Carmichael, Chair of the Education Committee, said:

"A number of cross-party parliamentary committees and prominent Government advisers have concluded it is essential PSHE is taught in all schools. As Chairs of four Select Committees, it is clear to us that the Secretary of State must work towards making PSHE and SRE statutory in all schools, and we urge Nicky Morgan to make tackling issue of the PSHE in schools her New Year’s resolution.

The Government's strategy for improving PSHE in schools is weak and Ofsted has highlighted that PSHE requires improvement in 40% of schools. The Education Committee in the previous Parliament recommended introducing statutory status for PSHE, a move which could have a significant impact in preparing young people for life, providing them with the knowledge and confidence to make decisions which will affect their wellbeing and relationships, both now and in the future.

The Secretary of State promised to report back to my Committee by the end of 2015: it’s now time she responds in full and outlines her strategy for improving the quality of PSHE teaching in the nation’s schools."
PSHE education wishes you all a healthy and happy New Year.

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