Life Lessons: PSHE and SRE in schools

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IHPE was pleased to have contributed to the report published on 17th February 2015: Life Lessons: PSHE and SRE in schools.


Summary of recommendations

  • The Department for Education should develop a work plan for introducing PSHE and SRE as statutory subjects in primary and secondary schools.
  • 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.
  • The statutory requirement should have minimal prescription content to ensure that schools have flexibility to respond to local needs and priorities.
  • SRE should be renamed Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) to emphasise the relationships element of the subject.
  • All schools should be required to run a regular consultation with parents on their SRE provision.
  • The parental right to withdraw their child from elements of SRE should be retained.
  • The Government should endorse the SRE guidance produced by Brook, the Sex Education Forum and the PSHE Association and promote this more actively to schools and governors.

The evidence [provided by IHPE can seen here: Evidence to Education Select Committee July 2014

The full report can be viewed by clicking here.

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