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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL4696, tabled on 16 January 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to ensure, as far as possible, that all male school children are aware of the responsibilities of parenthood by the time they leave school.

Answered on

30 January 2017

All pupils, irrespective of gender have the opportunity to learn about the responsibilities of parenthood in non-statutory Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education and schools have the flexibility to determine when, and how, to teach it.

The department encourages schools to draw on the revised non-statutory programme of study produced by the PSHE Association that helps schools to plan their provision and includes the roles and responsibilities of parents and the value of family relationships, including the impact of separation, divorce and bereavement. Issues relating to parenting skills are included in the personal wellbeing of the programme of study at KS3.