The Institute of Health Promotion and Education is a member of a coalition of 100 leading organisations led by the PSHE Association convinced that PSHE education must be made a statutory part of the curriculum in England, given the huge support for this change among pupils, parents, business leaders and expert bodies.
In a letter to The Times and to Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, attention was drawn to the Commons Education Committee which recently recommended that the subject – which teaches children to keep healthy and safe and prepares them for life and work in modern Britain – be made statutory. The Government is due to respond soon.
We join with the PSHE Association and the coalition to urge Ministers to listen to young people when making their response: a new survey of 1000 12- to 15-year-olds has found that 92% of English pupils who are taught PSHE education believe that all young people should receive high-quality lessons. Previous surveys show that 87% of parents, 88% of teachers and 85% of business leaders also support compulsory status.
The Children’s Commissioner and Public Health England all back statutory status, while recent reports on child sexual exploitation, the Home Affairs Committee and Joint Committee on Human Rights, the Chair of the Health Select Committee and the Chief Medical Officer have all highlighted the value of the subject. Ministers must ensure that the voices of experts, business leaders, teachers, parents and pupils are heard.