Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 30th January 2017.

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Photo of Lord Northbourne Lord Northbourne Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to ensure, as far as possible, that all male school children are aware of the responsibilities of parenthood by the time they leave school.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

All pupils, irrespective of gender have the opportunity to learn about the responsibilities of parenthood in non-statutory Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education and schools have the flexibility to determine when, and how, to teach it.

The department encourages schools to draw on the revised non-statutory programme of study produced by the PSHE Association that helps schools to plan their provision and includes the roles and responsibilities of parents and the value of family relationships, including the impact of separation, divorce and bereavement. Issues relating to parenting skills are included in the personal wellbeing of the programme of study at KS3.

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