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Government rejects statutory status for PSHE education


ASDAN is deeply disappointed about the government’s decision to reject the Commons Education Select Committee’s recommendation that PSHE education should become a statutory subject.

Maggie Walker, ASDAN CEO, said: “It is very disappointing that Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has rejected making PSHE statutory, contrary to all the evidence and advice from professionals, experts and fellow MPs that this is a much needed subject in our schools.

“It is almost exactly a year since the Education Select Committee made the recommendation that PSHE should be taught as part of the curriculum, giving us all hope that it was only a matter of time before it returned to school timetables and staff would be properly trained to deliver it.

“At a time when there are so many concerns in society about online safety, violence against women and girls, the rise in child and adolescent mental health problems and fears over radicalisation of young people, it seems extraordinary that the Secretary of State should have arrived at this decision.

“Those of us on the frontline of delivering programmes of study to schools will continue to work with teachers to ensure these issues are not forgotten and that children and young people are kept safe.”

The PSHE Association has also issued a statement criticising the decision.