Is teaching PSHE statutory?
The National Curriculum states: All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, drawing on good practice. PSHE education contributes to schools' statutory duties outlined in the Education Act 2002 to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum.
PSCHE does not currently have National Curriculum objectives but there is a clear requirement that schools promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and should make provision for PSHE, drawing on good practice. The majority of PSHE education became compulsory in all schools in September 2020 with the introduction of statutory Relationships Education at key stages 1 and 2, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in key stages 3 and 4, and Health Education from key stage 1 to 4.
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We believe relationships and sex education is important and define it in line with the Church of England’s aims for pupils being,
“In Church of England schools, and in all schools, we want young people to flourish and to gain every opportunity to live fulfilled lives. For church schools, RSE is about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, healthy relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. It is also about the spiritual and moral aspects of relationships within a context of a Christian vision for the purpose of life.” Church of England Education Office Response to a Call for Evidence on RSE Curriculum.
Our PSHE and RSE curriculum aims to put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships of all kinds - including how to treat each other with kindness, and recognising the difference between online and offline friendships.
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