Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

Education written question – answered on 9th June 2011.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

All schools are encouraged to provide age-appropriate sex and relationships education (SRE) as part on non-statutory personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education. In primary schools, education about relationships should focus on friendship, bullying and building self-esteem. Education about relationships in secondary schools should build on existing skills and knowledge and provide young people with opportunities to explore deeper issues around relationships, such as how relationships change over time and how to deal with a breakdown in relationships. Within the context of talking about relationships, pupils should be taught about the nature of marriage and other stable relationships, and their importance for family life and for bringing up children.

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