Today’s announcement by the DfE on the call for evidence on relationships and sex education and PSHE has been welcomed by school leaders’ union NAHT but the association warns that the subjects should not be seen as separate.
NAHT is calling for PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) education to be made statutory, for all pupils, in all schools, to the same timescales as RSE. PSHE is the vehicle which will support successful and effective delivery of RSE and make it work for schools and students as well as raise the status of the subject.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of NAHT said:
“The current guidance for RSE does need to be urgently updated but it should also be seen as part of a bigger picture. NAHT has long advocated statutory PSHE and age-appropriate sex and relationships education, for all pupils in all schools, to help prepare young people for the challenges they will encounter in their adult lives and the current challenges they face beyond the school gates.”
A recent survey conducted by NAHT among schools showed that 91 per cent of school leaders believe PSHE should be taught in regular timetabled lessons in their school.
Just under half (49 per cent) say that PSHE and RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) do not have the same status as other subjects but over 90 per cent thought that they should.
Sarah Hannafin, Policy Advisor, NAHT, said:
“It’s so important for young people of all ages to be taught about appropriate relationships. The challenge now is to make sure these proposals meet their potential in a way that works best for pupils and the school leaders and teachers charged with implementing them. Schools want to deliver the high-quality learning experience that their pupils deserve and in our view, RSE is best fulfilled as part of statutory PSHE.”
NAHT aims to continue its campaigning work, engaging with the government and other stakeholders to achieve statutory status for PSHE Education, for all pupils, in all schools, and to the same timescales as RSE.
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