Figures show ‘alarming decline’ in PSHE provision

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Figures show ‘alarming decline’ in PSHE provision

New Department for Education data shows that the total amount of time secondary schools devoted to personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education in England fell by over 30% in four years.

In 2011, secondary schools around the country delivered a total of 91,800 hours of PSHE lessons. By 2015, this had fallen to 65,200 hours.

This significant decline comes as new YouGov online polling shows that 92% of parents believe that all pupils should receive PSHE lessons about staying safe from abuse and unsafe contact from strangers both online and offline.

The PSHE Association has called on the government to take urgent action to make PSHE lessons a statutory entitlement for all school pupils.

PSHE Association CEO Joe Hayman said: “These new figures show an alarming decline which will clearly reduce schools’ ability to cover child safety issues such as contact from people they don’t know and staying safe from abuse. This is a deeply concerning trend, which leaves children at risk and comes in stark contrast to the views of the overwhelming majority of parents who clearly want their children to receive this education.”

Conservative MP and former Child Safety Minister Tim Loughton said sex and relationships education has been ‘woefully neglected for too long’.

ASDAN’s PSHE and Sex and Relationships Education Short Courses provide engaging and flexible ways for schools to teach these vital subjects. They are aimed at people of all abilities mainly aged 13 and over, are internally moderated, and accredit 10-60 hours of activities. They also offer progression to other ASDAN courses.