15 July 2015
Commenting ahead of Caroline Lucas MP’s Ten Minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons today, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
"All children and young people in state funded schools deserve an entitlement to Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, including Sex and Relationships Education. Comprehensive Sex and Relationships Education is fundamental to the future health and well-being of pupils and our society as a whole. We need to get this right and act decisively if we are to deliver an adequate entitlement to all children and young people.
“Making PSHE statutory is the key to raising its status and improving provision. At present PSHE has too little time in the curriculum, and is almost always accorded very low status and few resources in schools. It is high time for Ministers to provide schools with the space and the resources to give all pupils the high quality PSHE they need including sufficient funding for training and specialist staff being made available to schools.
“The Education Select Committee agreed with us in February that PSHE and SRE should be statutory. We await Nicky Morgan MP’s response to their findings. For the sake of a well-rounded education, a commitment to PSHE is something to which Nicky Morgan must commit.”