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Recommendation for statutory PSHE education

Wednesday 18th February 2015

Education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in schools should be given statutory status, in a report published on Tuesday 17 February.

The Education Committee recommends:

  • The Department for Education should develop a work plan for introducing age-appropriate PSHE and SRE as statutory subjects in primary and secondary schools.
  • All schools should be required to run a regular consultation with parents on the school’s SRE provision.
  • The parental right to withdraw their child from elements of SRE should be retained.
  • The Government should formally endorse and issue the SRE guidance produced by Brook, the Sex Education Forum and the PSHE Association. It should also promote this more actively to schools and governors.
  • The funding of continuous professional development for PSHE teachers and school nurses should be reinstated.
  • Ofsted should resume its regular subject surveys of PSHE provision.
  • SRE should be renamed Relationships and Sex Education – RSE - to emphasise the relationships element of the subject.

Further details can be found here: