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In 2013, Ofsted reported that the quality of personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) and sex and relationships education (SRE) in schools in England was "not yet good enough". In January 2014 the House of Lords debated amendments to the Children and Families Bill which would have had the effect of making SRE compulsory in all schools. While the amendments were not made, the debate and Ofsted's report reignited a discussion of the role of PSHE and SRE in schools in England, its quality, whether schools should be required to provide it, and the sufficiency of the Government's actions in this area.
June 2014 - Education Select Committee: PSHE and SRE in schools inquiry
The Education Select Committee inquiry was launched on 23 April 2014, seeking written evidence on the following points:
· Whether PSHE education ought to be statutory, either as part of the National Curriculum or through some other means of entitlement;
· Whether the current accountability system is sufficient to ensure that schools focus on PSHE education;
· The overall provision of SRE in schools and the quality of its teaching, including in primary schools and academies;
· Whether recent Government steps to supplement the guidance on teaching about sex and relationships, including consent, abuse between teenagers and cyber-bullying, are adequate; and
· How the effectiveness of SRE should be measured.
Published: 10/06/2016, by Sam Henson
Last Updated: 10/06/2016, by Sam Henson