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House of Commons Hansard
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Schools: Curriculum
11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will include lessons on body confidence in the national curriculum at key stages 2 and 3. [297960]

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Personal, social, health and emotional (PSHE) education already includes the provision of information about how to lead healthy lifestyles, as well as body image and health issues and offers an opportunity for children and young people to develop confidence on these issues.

At key stage 2, the current non-statutory content includes learning about healthy lifestyles and how the body changes with the approach of puberty; key stage 3 covers learning about physical and emotional changes that take place at this time and the factors that contribute to an individual’s personal wellbeing.

The programmes of study are written at a high level and set out only the broad topics that should be covered in PSHE. This therefore allows flexibility for schools on how they present learning in areas such as body confidence.

Guidance is to be produced in early 2010 to support schools teaching PSHE education, and individuals and organisations with a particular interest in body confidence will be consulted on how best this can be covered in the guidance.