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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL7237, tabled on 24 April 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources have been made available to train teachers on the new curriculum in relation to statutory sex and relationship education and PHSE; and whether they have paid regard to the availability of teachers in designing this training.

Answered on

9 May 2018

It is important that schools are able to deliver high quality teaching, and we are using evidence to determine what resources, training or other support should be provided.

The department conducted a thorough and wide-ranging engagement process, including a call for evidence, to help shape the new subjects of relationships education in primary schools, relationships and sex education in secondary schools, and on the future status of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education. The department received over 23,000 responses to the call for evidence, which closed on 12 February 2018. During the engagement process, the department spoke with a wide range of interested stakeholders, including teaching unions, the Sex Education Forum and the PSHE Association. Discussions included exploration of the support schools will need to deliver quality subjects.

The department is currently considering the responses to the call for evidence, and representations through the engagement process, to help develop draft regulations and guidance, as well as school support options. We plan to publish the results of the call for evidence, alongside a consultation on the draft regulations and accompanying statutory guidance shortly, before laying the regulations in the House for debate.