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NAHT calls for PSHE to be made statutory to support delivery of RSE

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We are calling for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education to be made statutory - for all pupils and in all schools - to support the successful and effective delivery of relationships and sex education (RSE). 

We welcomed the passing of the Children and Social Work Act earlier this year - which will introduce ‘relationships education’ in all primaries, and ‘relationships and sex’ education in all secondary schools from 2019 - along with the potential to make PSHE education statutory in its entirety, pending consultation. NAHT has played its part in making this happen, but more progress is vital.   

The challenge now is to ensure these proposals meet their potential in a way that works best for schools, school leaders and teachers charged with implementing them. It’s important for young people of all ages to be taught about appropriate relationships, and in our view, RSE is best fulfilled as part of statutory PSHE. 

In our recent survey, more than 90 per cent of respondents told us they believe PSHE and RSE should have the same status as other subjects. They told us PSHE and RSE are important and they want to teach them well. But to do this, they need to be given access to the tools that enable them to deliver the high-quality learning experience their pupils deserve, including training for teachers, better parental understanding and support, and access to high-quality resources. 

We have listened to our members' views, and we will pursue their call for PSHE to be made statutory - for all pupils and in all schools - and to the same timescales as RSE.  

Read the PSHE Association's response to our survey's findings