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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN 109098, tabled on 23 October 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timetable is for a decision on the mandatory introduction of personal, social, health and economic education for schools in England.

Answered on

31 October 2017

We want to help all schools to deliver high-quality Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education so that all young people are equipped to have healthy and respectful relationships, and leave school with the knowledge to prepare them for adult life.

The Children and Social Work Act places a duty on the Secretary of State to make Relationships Education mandatory in primary schools and RSE mandatory in secondary schools through regulations. The Act also provided the Secretary of State with a power to make PSHE mandatory in all schools.

The Department intends to conduct thorough and wide-ranging engagement with stakeholders, which will help us to reach an evidence-based decision on PSHE, as well as to determine the content of the regulations and statutory guidance. We will set out shortly more details about the engagement process, the timetable and the work to consider age-appropriate subject content. We will consult on draft regulations and guidance and the regulations will then be laid in the House allowing for a full and considered debate. We are working towards schools teaching the new subjects from September 2019.