ASCL supports the provisions in the Children and Social Work Act 2017 to make the new subjects of Relationships Education (RE) for primary age pupils and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for secondary age students mandatory. We agree that RSE/RE should be an identifiable part of a Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum, with planned, timetabled lessons across all the Key Stages.
We broadly welcome the power given to the Secretary of State by the Act to make PSHE, or elements of it, mandatory. The association’s position is that PSHE, is an important and essential part of all pupils’ education. Although we believe that PSHE should be a statutory part of children’s learning we are equally clear that there should not be any national prescription in terms of content.
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