NUS supports PSHE Association’s call for ‘life lessons’ in school

Tuesday 16-06-2015 - 12:32

A new survey of young people aged 12 to 15 has found that over nine in ten pupils who are taught PSHE education believe that all pupils should receive these lessons.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE) covers topics like mental health, employability skills and healthy relationships but is currently non-statutory, meaning provision is sub-standard in 40 per cent of schools according to Ofsted.

89 per cent of young people who had received these lessons also stated that teachers should be trained to ensure that PSHE is relevant and useful. Yet the recent Commons Education Committee inquiry into the subject, which took evidence from young people and youth organisations, concluded that standards were unacceptably low. The Committee’s landmark ‘Life Lessons’ report recommended the subject be made statutory to ensure high-quality lessons for every pupil.

Yesterday, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announced that the government will respond to this recommendation by Friday 26 June. Ahead of this decision, NUS has joined a coalition of over 100 leading organisations, including Girlguiding UK and the British Youth Council, which is calling for the government to make the subject statutory, building on the UK Youth Parliament’s ‘curriculum for life’ campaign which is supported by hundreds of thousands of young people nationally.

NUS Vice President (Welfare) Colum McGuire said: ‘Students who have just been through the current system say PSHE is not good enough with over 90 per cent believing the government needed to make it a statutory subject.

‘Students tell us they want to learn real life skills in the classroom – not just about relationships but about money, politics, mental health and, crucially, employability skills. We are absolutely committed to making that a reality.’

You can see the full press release from PSHE Association alongside NUS here.



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