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Personal Social and Health Education

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 13 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what role school governors would have in determining the personal, social, health and economic education curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4 under the provisions proposed in the Children, Schools and Families Bill. (309712)

The role of school governors’ will be crucial to the success of statutory PSHE as they will take a lead in setting the tone for good PSHE, including SRE and drugs education through the development of clear policies in consultation with teachers, pupils and parents.

In addition the legislation will introduce a set of guiding principles that govern the way in which the PSHE as a subject should be delivered in secondary schools. Schools governors will be under a duty to ensure these principles act as safeguards against inappropriate teaching.

It will also be a requirement for the governing body to have regard to any guidance that may be issued by the Secretary of State.