Personal Social and Health Education

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 14th January 2010.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he consulted governors of faith schools on the provisions proposed in the Children, Schools and Families Bill in relation to teaching of the personal, social, health and economic education curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4 in advance of the introduction of that Bill.

Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools)

In coming to the decision to make PSHE a statutory part of the curriculum we have taken into consideration a broad range of views from our stakeholders and this included Governors of faith schools.

The work that QCDA did throughout the consultation collated views from Governors based on-line surveys as well as through focus groups and mini-conferences.

In their responses Governors recognise that good quality PSHE, taught in a sensitive and appropriate way and with the proper safeguards in place (in line with the ethos and faith of the school) is vital in promoting the health and wellbeing of young people as they prepare to tackle the challenges of adult life.

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