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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 24 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take to ensure that teaching of personal, social, health and economic education meets the specific needs of (a) deaf and (b) disabled children. (312704)

The Children, Schools and Families Bill currently before Parliament will make personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education statutory. We will be discussing with the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency and with external organisations, including those representing special educational needs and disability, on the support teachers will require to implement the statutory requirements.

For the current non-statutory framework at key stages 1 and 2, the Training and Development Agency has produced a training toolkit “Including Pupils with SEN and/or Disabilities in Primary PSHE and Citizenship”. The toolkit explains how teachers need to anticipate the barriers to taking part and learning particular activities, what lessons or a series of lessons may pose for pupils with particular SEN and/or disabilities; and how teachers need to consider ways of minimising or reducing those barriers so that all pupils can fully take part and learn. It includes advice on pupils with sensory needs and pupils with disabilities.