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Health Education: Diabetes

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps have been taken to inform children in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools about diabetes. (311159)

Teaching about a healthier lifestyle is a major part of the framework for Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) which schools deliver throughout all four key stages (5-16). As a consequence teachers are free to cover particular topics, such as diabetes or asthma, as part of their lesson plans if they feel it is appropriate. The Government have stated their intention to make the teaching of PSHE education statutory and provisions are contained with the Children, Schools and Families Bill which is currently being debated in the House of Commons.