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Personal Social and Health Education

Volume 501: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what account he took of the responses to the recent consultation on personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) undertaken by the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency when determining his policy on making PSHE education a statutory part of the national curriculum; and if he will make a statement. (300792)

I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement of 5 November, Official Report, columns 49-52WS.

In reaching the decision to make PSHE a statutory part of the national curriculum I gave serious consideration to the responses to the consultation exercise and particularly the responses from parents. The evidence, both from that consultation and from the further, independent, research that my Department commissioned, told me that, to an overwhelming extent, parents think that good quality PSHE, taught in a sensitive and appropriate way and with the proper safeguards in place, is vital in promoting the health and well-being of young people as they prepare to tackle the challenges of adult life.