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Teachers: Personal Social and Health Education

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers of personal, social and health education have specific accreditation in relation to that subject. (300667)

The available information on PSHE teachers and their qualifications comes from an occasional sample survey which collects data on teachers by subject taught and on their post A-level qualifications. The Secondary Schools Curriculum and Staffing Survey was last carried out in 2007, and found that very few secondary school teachers of PSHE in maintained schools in England held a qualification in the subject (less than 1 per cent.). The survey asks teachers to specify post A-level qualifications (degrees, masters, PGCEs, certificates of education, HNDs, post graduate certificates and diplomas) but does not collect details of teachers Continuing Professional Development or courses that do not result in a formal post A-level qualification.