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.
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."