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01/09/13
September 2013: There have been no changes to the references to PSHEeducation from previous drafts, with the following paragraph on PSHEeducation included in the framework documents for both primary and secondary levels:

'All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice. Schools are also free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education.'

The DfE has also published supplementary guidance on PSHE education which reiterates previous Government policy on the subject. It states that while PSHE education remains a non-statutory subject, it is ‘an important and necessary part of pupils’ education. It goes on:
'Schools should seek to use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.'
01/06/13
June 2013: . The amendment to the Children and Families Bill, which was introduced by Labour with support from the ‘Coalition of Consent pop up campaign’, was defeated by 303 votes to 219. Baroness Massey of Darwen also asked an oral question in the House of Lords, ‘To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the report by Ofsted Not Yet Good Enough: Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in Schools, published on 1 May.’ During the brief debate that followed a number of peers voiced agreement with the conclusion of Ofsted’s report that more needs to be done to improve PSHE, with Baroness Massey also calling for its addition to the national curriculum. Source: Politics.co.uk
01/03/13
March 2013: The Department for Education (DfE) issued the outcome of its personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education review. In an accompanying statement Education Minister Elizabeth Truss said that PSHE “remains an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education” and that the DfE believes “all schools should teach PSHE, drawing on good practice”. She did however go on to stress that PSHE education overall would remain a non-statutory subject and that no new standardised frameworks or programmes of study would be provided for schools. It is of course deeply disappointing that PSHE remains a non-statutory subject. It is however important to note that all schools have a statutory duty to provide a curriculum that is broadly based, balanced, meets the needs of all pupils and:

Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
A schools’ ability to meet these obligations can only be fulfilled if a comprehensive PSHE programme is in place.