Compulsory PSHE?

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On Thursday 27 April the ‘Children and Social Work Bill’ became the ‘Children and Social Work Act’.

This new act includes legislation that makes ‘relationships education’ in all primary schools statutory and ‘relationships and sex education’ (RSE) statutory in all secondary schools. The Act also gives the Government power to make PSHE education statutory depending on the results of a consultation.

Last week the Health and Education Select Committees recommended statutory PSHE in their children and young people’s mental health inquiry.

There are clearly concerns that the Government might not honour this post election which is when a consultation on these proposals is due to begin but the need for compulsory PSHE has been ongoing for years and is gaining much support.