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Young politicians call for comprehensive PSHE education




UK Youth Parliament has voted to make a ‘curriculum for life’ its main campaign priority in England in 2017.

The curriculum includes comprehensive, statutory PSHE education, providing young people with the skills, knowledge and attributes to flourish in the modern world.

Lili Donlon-Mansbridge, aged 17, Member of Youth Parliament for Poole, said: “UK Youth Parliament is committed to pursuing a curriculum that prepares young people for life. We believe that the place of citizenship and PSHE education in the curriculum should be radically overhauled and next year Members of Youth Parliament will be campaigning to ensure this remains a priority.”

PSHE Association CEO Jonathan Baggaley said: “Young people are struggling with the pressures and anxieties of today’s world. With this vote they are telling us they want schools to prepare them to meet these challenges through PSHE education and citizenship education.

“The fact that this is a continuing priority for UK Youth Parliament tells us once again that not enough has been done to improve the status of PSHE education. As a result, it’s getting less time on the curriculum even though young people, parents and teachers know it’s needed more than ever.

“We hope that the government listens and strengthens the status of PSHE education in all schools for the good of our young people, and our society.”

ASDAN’s PSHE Short Course is an engaging and flexible way of teaching the subject. This multi-level programme accredits 10-60 hours of activities and is aimed at learners aged mainly 13-19. It contains modules in:

  • Keeping Healthy
  • Social Relationships
  • Careers and Your Future
  • Wellbeing
  • Intimate Relationships
  • Becoming a Parent
  • Economic Responsibility

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